World-champion kickboxer: Mugger ‘picked the wrong guy’ Steve Shepherd, a 5-time world champion kickboxer, works out Thursday, in West Palm Beach, Florida. "At about 4 p.m. Dec. 27, Shepherd said someone hit him in the back of his head with a bottle as he was walking to his car. He said he “blacked” for a few seconds. His knees buckled, and the attacker punched him in the face near his left eye. Shepherd said the man appeared angry, got really close to his face and began to scream, “Give me your (expletive) phone!” Still dazed from the first few blows, Shepherd said at first, he thought he accidentally picked up the attackers’ phone at the restaurant. But he quickly put the pieces together and began to fight. Shepherd, who has been professionally fighting since 1975, said he threw a right cross at the man, which caused his hands to go up, leaving his abdomen wide open. Shepherd threw a right hook to his ribs and believes he broke them. “And then he just crumbled right there,” he said. “I felt (his ribs) crack.” Bystanders thought the two were involved in a street fight and began to break it up, which allowed the attacker to escape, Shepherd said."