Lord Prescott brought back memories of the 2001 election when he threw punches while on the campaign trail... this time at TV reporter Michael Crick.
The pair got in the ring during a visit to Redcar Amateur Boxing Club by the Labour heavyweight in support of the party’s General Election candidate, Anna Turley.
Mr Crick, who works for Channel 4 News, also turned up at the club and officials suggested they could don the gloves ahead of an interview.
And the pair sparred, with Lord Prescott going on the offensive, perhaps channelling the aggression of a Manny Pacquiao, while the TV reporter went into Floyd Mayweather mode and adopted a more defensive technique.
Lord Prescott was deputy prime minister in 2001 when he lashed out at a protester after he was egged in Rhyl, North Wales. Tony Blair later wrote that the incident, which saw “Two Jags” dubbed “Two Jabs”, was “extraordinarily funny”.
One witness to the Prescott-Crick exhibition of the sweet science said: “Prescott must have thrown half a dozen punches.”
A Labour North spokesperson said: “An easy win for Prescott.
“Crick entered the ring, confident of victory but, showing form, the Labour veteran quickly made easy work of the prize fighter from Channel 4.
“One round, victory.”