Former Boxer Arrested For Beating Up Riot Police

A former boxer is suspected of viciously attacking riot police officers with his fists and feet during the latest yellow vest protests in France has turned himself in and was placed in custody on Monday, authorities said.

The suspect, identified by French media as retired fighter Christophe Dettinger, was filmed beating up police officers Saturday in Paris. The videos went viral on social media and created an outpouring of comments either praising or lambasting the man's actions.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on Twitter the suspect has turned himself in to investigators "and will have to answer for his actions in court."

The boxer, 37-years-old, is a former French champion in the light heavyweight division. He's been inactive since 2013 and walked away with a record of 18-4 with 7 knockouts, after getting knocked out by Jean Marc Monrose in December of that year.

"I think he lost it. People can be impulsive; I can be, too," his former trainer, Laurent Boucher, told France Inter radio.


In a video message recorded before he surrendered to police, Dettinger acknowledged his wrongdoing but said he just tried to defend himself after he and his wife were tear-gassed by police.

"I have the people's anger inside me. I see all these presidents, ministers and the State stuffing themselves, being incapable of leading by example," Dettinger said. "It's always us, the little ones, who pay. French people, I'm with you wholeheartedly. We need to keep fighting peacefully."

The fighter was involved in at least two fights in downtown Paris on Saturday. On one video, he can be seen aiming several punches at an officer trying to protect himself with his shield on a Paris bridge close to the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament.

In another video , wearing a black hat and gloves, he kicks a police officer lying on the ground.

"What shocked me the most and I think for you it's the same thing, it's to see him hitting the poor policeman when he's on the ground," Boucher said. "And especially when you know he's a boxer. In boxing, you learn not to hit a man on the ground. Never. And he did it."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Boxingfanatic75 on 01-09-2019

[QUOTE=Loque-san;19417791]You "din doonuffin" with what? Your life? If your post means what I think it means, then you're barking up the wrong tree.[/QUOTE] Wtf are you talking about? I’m quite certain my time in USMC boot camp at age 17…

Comment by Real King Kong on 01-08-2019

[QUOTE=larryxxx..;19415121]He didnt hit anything but their shields[/QUOTE] He staggered that one guy pretty good.

Comment by TinAgeOfBoxing on 01-08-2019

Someone pin a medal on him.

Comment by TexasCowBoy on 01-08-2019

Yeah, we need to send Jermaine Taylor, Adrian Broner , Victor Ortiz and a couple of more American Misfit Boxers to back this dude up....

Comment by Koba-Grozny on 01-08-2019

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;19417748]The politicians, bankers, and corporations ARE stuffing themselves. And it is indeed the little guy that pays. The police and military act as their attack dogs. Even though most of them do so unknowingly. We have to fight The Powers…

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