Man Who Attacked Asda Worker Disguised As Spider-Man Is MMA Champion

George O'Boyle (left) and Josh McDonald (right), McDonald dressed as Spider-Man.

Josh McDonald (right) has a black belt in mixed martial arts (Pictures: Rob Todd)

A man who dressed up as Spider-Man and knocked out an Asda worker is a martial arts champion, it turns out.

Josh McDonald, 33, wreaked havoc with a group of “superheroes” at the supermarket in Clapham Junction, south London, in July 2021.

They responded to a social media call to “cause havoc for likes” and continued to hit, kick and threaten staff on the shift that night.

Footage shows the thugs shoving a security guard, storming the storeroom and brutally beating people just trying to get their jobs done.

At one point, McDonald delivered Supervisor Lauren Scott a deft kick and punch so hard she was knocked out.

Now the Daily Mail has revealed that he has a black belt in mixed martial arts.

He previously boasted of being a contender for the 2016 Iska Kickboxing World Championship after training at the Black Dragon Martial Arts Academy near his home in Northampton.

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George O'Boyle (left) and Josh McDonald (right).

George O’Boyle (left) and Josh McDonald (right) dismounting on an Asda on July 22, 2021

His coach said he was an “elite athlete multiple champion” who was “locked and loaded.”

McDonald and the rest of the group were due to face the first day of their four-week trial at Kingston Crown Court yesterday.

But they have already pleaded guilty, with McDonald admitting actual assault and violent disorder.

The carnage was reportedly organized by a group called Live Madness Replays, with others dressing up as Ali-G, Batman and Little Red Riding Hood.

Several others involved in the hand-to-hand combat were also trained in some form of martial arts, including 19-year-old kickboxer Sophie Roberts — “Little Red Riding Hood” — who trained at the same academy as McDonald.

She pleaded guilty to actual assault and public disturbance by threat of violence.

Rikki McKenzie, 37, made himself look like Matt Lucas’ Andy from Little Britain but ended up changing his bald wig to Goldilocks braids.

The disabled wheelchair user is also an amateur boxer from Northampton. He admitted an offense against public order with threats of violence.

Disabled Northampton amateur boxer Rikki McKenzie leaves Kingston Crown Court.

Disabled Northampton amateur boxer Rikki McKenzie leaves Kingston Crown Court (Image: Rob Todd)

Sophie Roberts (18, from Northampton, leaves Kingston Crown Court today. Roberts, who along with others dressed as superheroes and TV characters, attacked staff at an Asda in Clapham last July.

Kickboxer Sophie Roberts, 19, trained at the same academy as McDonald (Image: Rob Todd)

The man dressed as Ali G, 30-year-old George O’Boyle, is said to be the leader of the alleged stunt.

He has more than 50,000 followers on Instagram, TikTok and YouTube and often posts pranks in supermarkets – places he calls his “playground”.

O’Boyle, from Surbiton, south London, admitted violent disturbances and assaults that resulted in actual assault.

Mark Pettigrew, 38, from west London, admitted to public disturbances with threats of violence.

Prosecutor Nicholas Mather told the court she would not press charges against O’Boyle’s girlfriend Katie Pickard, 31, and 19-year-old Charlie Jay Sharp.

She said: “They were certainly at Asda and involved in some way – but whether they personally used or threatened violence is a moot point and at some point they will be on video capturing those involved in the violence. “

Those convicted of actual assault and violent disturbance face up to five years in prison, while those convicted of public disturbance involving threat of violence face up to six months in prison.

You will be sentenced next month.

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