Most of the time when you’re captured on surveillance footage punching people on the street, it does not lead to career advancement opportunities. But when you’re a fighter dressed as a woman and the dudes you’re seen punching are clearly drunken buffoons, well, that’s the kind of situation the internet was made for. Daniel “Lionheart” Lerwell and James “Lights Out” Lilley may not quite be on the Kimbo Slice level of internet ass-kicking stardom just yet, but for the moment they’re the closest thing Wales has.
Talking with the BBC, Lerwell and Lilley explained that they went out dressed as chicks (and slutty ones at that — how come no one ever dresses up like normal, fairly conservative women, anyway?) with a bunch of their fellow fighters because they “were due to knuckle down to training because we had a fight coming up in six weeks, and it was the last chance for a blow-out.” And, as we all know, you can’t have a blow-out if you aren’t wearing garters.
Sounds like a pretty fun night, until some drunken louts came along:
"I saw these boys go up to James and start calling him names, and then he was hit," said 23-year-old Mr Lerwell, a plumber.
He said he immediately defended his friend out of instinct.
"I was shocked at first, and thought who are these pansies? But I wasn’t really thinking, it was just instinct really."
And just like that, an internet sensation is born. The hell of it is, these guys had forgotten all about it until the video blew up. Really makes you think about the particular kind of fame the internet age affords people. F
or instance, if these guys had beaten up a couple drunk dudes while wearing normal clothes? Nobody would have cared. It’s like my father always said, ‘If you’re going to make anything of yourself in this world, you better be willing to put on a short skirt and show some cleavage.’ Of course, my dad is a professional Madonna impersonator in Las Vegas, so maybe that advice isn’t relevant to everyone.