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Man gets in fist-fight with shark... and wins

“I put some really good hits on it, for sure,” Jeff Horton said.

Tiger sharks are responsible for most attacks around Hawaii. It's not known whether this particular one has been in any punch-ups.
Tiger sharks are responsible for most attacks around Hawaii. It's not known whether this particular one has been in any punch-ups.

A 25-YEAR-OLD Hawaii surfer and former boxer fought a shark and survived.

Jeff Horton was surfing on Sunday morning with about 10 others near Kilauea when someone spotted a fin in the water, The Garden Island reported.

Twenty minutes later, Horton was sitting on his surfboard with his legs dangling in the water when he spotted a dark shape approaching from the left. ”It came flying straight toward me,” he said.

He pulled his left leg out of the water and the shark got a mouth full of surfboard.

The impact knocked Horton off the board. He rolled onto the shark and grabbed a fin.

On top of the shark, holding on with one hand, he began punching as hard as he could with his other fist. He estimated he landed eight blows, saying:

I finally got one nice punch into the eye. I put some really good hits on it, for sure.

When his knuckled jammed into the shark’s eye, the shark spit out the board and retreated.

Horton scrambled onto his board. With another surfer, he caught a wave and paddled toward shore.

The shark briefly followed but did not attack again, he said.

After they reached shore, a tourist gave him $50 and told him to buy a bottle. Horton’s only injuries were scratches from the shark’s rough skin.

The seven-foot board, however, was left with a semi-circle imprint of the shark’s jaws.

It will not go back in the water. ”I’m going to put it up on my wall,” Horton said.

He surfed again on Monday at another beach.

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