Boxer Fights Off Black Bear By Punching It In The Face

If you’ve seen The Revenant, you’ll be well aware of how unflinchingly brutal a bear attack can be.

But when hard-as-nails boxer Rick Nelson was confronted by a bear, he knew exactly what to do - and calmly punched it in the face.

Rick, 61, was walking his dog in Sudbury, Canada when a bear cub suddenly appeared from behind a rock.

As a former bear-hunter, Rick knew that the notoriously defensive mother of the cub wouldn’t be far behind - and immediately saw the mother racing towards her cub.

But with no place to escape, Rick was forced to bring in his expertise from the ring - and fired a series of jabs at the bear as it reared up on its hind legs.

Rick said: ‘I knew it would swing first with its left but it would really come with its right, because most bears are right-handed.

Rick’s first shot missed, and hit the bear in the teeth before it came back and slashed his chest and face.

He then threw a second shot, and explained: ‘I had the perfect shot to take’

‘I did an underhand and hit it right in the snout.’

Rick feared that the bear might then decide to go for another attack, but it decided that enough was enough and ran away.

Speaking after the incredible act, Rick explained that black bears only tend to be dangerous when they are protecting their young - but it’s quite often fatal in those situations.

‘I’m really glad that the bear walked away. And I’m really glad I did too’, he said.

A real Canadian hero, right there.