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Strong-armed Swedish pensioner slugs two young bandits

Strong-armed Swedish pensioner slugs two young bandits

Published: 24 Feb 2011 16:27 GMT+01:00
Updated: 24 Feb 2011 16:27 GMT+01:00

Two would-be thieves in central Sweden got an unexpected lesson in respecting their elders when they failed to heed a warning issued by the 62-year-old target of their crime.

Gray-haired and requiring the use of a rollator to get around, Rolf Klasson certainly didn't give the impression that he would put up a fight when two young men approached him on Tuesday in central Lidköping.

Klasson was about to take out money from a cash machine when one of the hoodlums demanded the elderly gentlemen give up his wallet, while the other brandished a knife, the local Nya-Lidköpings Tidning (NLT) reported.

What Klasson's attackers didn't know was that their seemingly helpless victim was a retired professional boxer who had once been a sparring partner for Bo 'Bosse' Högberg, who held the European light-middleweight boxing title in 1966.

"I said to them, 'this isn't going to go well'," he told the Expressen newspaper.

But the two young men simply scoffed at the old man's warning, something they would soon regret.

Before the pair of cocky thugs knew what had happened, Klasson knocked the knife-wielding thief to the ground with a right hook.

"Then I laid out the other with a left jab," he told Expressen.

Both men fled the scene, still in shock at having been decked by a man who was likely more than twice their age and required assistance to get around town.

Margita Johansson of the Lidköping police praised the former boxer for his efforts.

"It was well done. One does have the right to defend oneself," she told NLT.

For his part, Klasson summed up the incident thusly:

"They came after the wrong guy," he told Expressen.

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16:43 February 24, 2011 by Swedesmith
Way to go Rolf!
16:44 February 24, 2011 by UScitizen
This is the kind of story we need to see more often.
17:16 February 24, 2011 by MyOpinion
Brilliant! More please :-)
17:32 February 24, 2011 by big5
Funny comment on the net: Ett utelämnat signalement är också ett signalement.
20:43 February 24, 2011 by Bostonexpat
With the quirky justice system, I just hope Rolf isn't charged with anything--good job Rolf!
21:13 February 24, 2011 by kenny8076
I agree BOSTON...... i bet if he was 40 years younger and this happened the "victim" would be looking at some charges. But since its a great Cinderella story for the ol' man its OK...... whatever
22:42 February 24, 2011 by Da Goat
This is the best story (news) all year,

immediate justice, yeah hope the no balls attackers don't suddenly grow some and have him up for assault, as the back to front system in Sweden will probably find against the old codger!
23:43 February 24, 2011 by star10
Well done. I should learn some boxing before I get old.
05:48 February 25, 2011 by UScitizen
If they catch those two guys, their punishment should be putting them on TV with the old man beside them so the entire nation could laugh at them. Can't you just picture the old man looking over and shaking his fist at them?
08:16 February 25, 2011 by Rick Methven
@UScitizen

Less of the old man, he was only 62 younger than me and from some of your posts, not much older than you!!!
09:08 February 25, 2011 by Liquidmonkey
well done!!
11:31 February 25, 2011 by Jimmy
How dare this man use violence and not just hit these youngsters but PUNCH them. He should be held accountable
13:15 February 25, 2011 by Tusker
@ Jimmy ÿoungsters"is such a cute term, added no doubt to endear them to us all. These were malicious knife wielding thugs who deserved everything, in fact more, than they got.

Stick your political correctness where the sun doesn't shine
01:10 February 28, 2011 by jimmyjames
Frankly, seriously and in all honesty I am truely surprised that the old man wasn't charged with some type of crime. Notice how the chief cop made sure to say people still had the right to self-defense in Sweden. It is sad and patheric to say but I'll bet you several cops CLOSELY examined the circumstances to make sure they couldn't charge the old man with some crime...........Excessive Force, Child/Teenage Abuse, Refusal to Give your Money to the Socially Deprived....or some other moronic law.
20:02 March 4, 2011 by munched
Everybody calm down.. The two "Thugs" haven't charged Rolf with assault yet and if they do, Rolf will swing and pay them damages. That's my experience of the Swedish legal system. (Plus i was sentenced to two months as well.) The court expects you to run away but at my age, 55, how far am I going to out-run two 18 year olds? 30 meters if that? And i would be so exhausted I couldn't possibly defend myself. My only chance as I saw it was to make a stand. I dropped them. They, (both Swedish), ran to the police and the rest, as they say, is history.
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