Sunday 25 February 2018

Man wants Tyson to punch him hard

Mike Tyson lands right upper-cut during his fight against Orlin Norris
Mike Tyson lands right upper-cut during his fight against Orlin Norris

Malcolm Moore in Beijing

XIE Shuipeng, a trim 48-year-old with a broad smile, dreams that one day Mike Tyson will punch him.

After years working the club circuit, Mr Xie has won fame as China's number one human punchbag, able to withstand a blow of any strength.

He advertises his services to anyone frustrated with life. "If you are upset by your boss or your wife, vent your anger on me. Let society be harmonious," he says on his advertising flier.

On neon-lit stages, Mr Xie offers free drinks to anyone who can hit him so hard that he is forced to step backwards across a yellow line on the ground.

"I tell them only to punch me in the belly, but sometimes they insist on punching me in the chest or even hitting me over the head with a glass bottle," he said.

Now he has his eye on a bigger challenge: the former heavyweight champion of the world.

"Tyson may be able to knock me down. But my stomach will bounce his fist back and there is no way he can hurt me," he said. "If he is worried, we can sign an agreement beforehand that he won't be responsible for any injury."

Mr Xie said he drew his strength from the ancient Chinese tradition of qigong, a system of posture, breathing and meditation. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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