There’s barking up the wrong tree then there’s breaking into the absolutely wrong house. In this case, would-be burglar Gregory McCalium probably thought he had found an easy mark when he entered senior citizen Frank Corti’s home late one night in England.
Instead of landing a score on the old man, McCalium was rudely surprised by two right hooks from the retiree.
Call it fate or bad luck, but the young bloke had broken into the home of a former junior boxing champion.
The blows from the 72-year-old Corti were so powerful that mug shots of McCalium look like he had been involved in an auto accident.
Yeah. Absolutely gnarly.
Even more impressive, but Corti squared off with McCalium completely unarmed. The intruder had entered the home brandishing a knife and lunged at the first sight of Corti.
Corti, never missing a beat, expertly dodged the lunge and returned fire with a one-two knockout. Not a stranger to violence, Corti secured the area and even restrained McCalium until police arrived.
A Facebook post of McCalium partying.
What makes the story even more karmic, is the fact that Corti and McCalium were neighbors. Corti had complained about McCalium’s loud partying and had even called the police. McCalium, angry and very intoxicated, decided to try and teach the old man a lesson…a lesson that unfortunately went horribly wrong for him.
“I was absolutely petrified,” Corti says recalling the night, “As I saw it, it was a matter of do or die so I let my wrists go. Fortunately, the element of surprise was with me, so I adjusted my position and hit him with my right hand. It was just below the eye…If needed to, I would do it again.”
McCalium would be sentenced to a four-year prison term after the judge told him, “He got what he deserved.”
Would-be burglars and punks, here’s a life lesson: don’t discount old people! Because these folks definitely got hands!