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Cage fighter gives robbers a shock

PUBLISHED: 15:14 29 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:45 24 August 2010

BLIND fury can help people out of some situations but a gang of hapless muggers may have been bruised and deafened by it instead. Jake Furey, from Harlesden, pictured, was on his way home from a meeting when four thugs decided to try their luck on the sin

BLIND fury can help people out of some situations but a gang of hapless muggers may have been bruised and deafened by it instead.

Jake Furey, from Harlesden, pictured, was on his way home from a meeting when four thugs decided to try their luck on the singer-songwriter at around 8.30pm on Monday, October 12.

Sadly for the unfortunate quartet, their target was an operatically trained cage fighter, who used his fists and voice to fend off his attackers.

Mr Furey said: "I was walking down St Thomas Road, after getting off at Harlesden train station when I noticed the shadow behind me getting closer. I spun around and asked them what they were doing and they jumped back looking startled but said nothing.

"When I started walking again one of them put his arm around my neck. The bad news for him though is that I am a cage fighter."

Mr Furey, pictured, who has been cage fighting for six months and learning Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) for at least six years, spun out of the grip and landed a clean punch on the startled thug.

He said: "One of his friends then hit me in the face but it was nothing so I jumped back into the road to give myself more room and got my fists up ready.

"A couple of them then started going for their pockets as if they were grabbing a knife and I had to think 'do I want a fight or should I play safe?'

"I decided to play it safe so called out for help and at that point they ran off. I'm classically trained as an opera singer and I think that helped scare these guys off as they did not expect me to be so loud!"

Mr Furey, who has trains with the London Shootfighters at Hooks Gym in Park Royal, called police and set about finding the thugs.

He said: "The police were absolutely fantastic and did all they could at that point to help.

"I think these guys are absolute cowards. It took four of them and they failed to get anything from me. I just hope I can inspire more people to stand up and fight against these gutless thugs."

The thugs are described black men, aged 19, and were wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information should call Brent CID on 020 8733 3709 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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