Gary Sandland became famous in his hometown of Liverpool thanks to his successes in martial arts.
The fearsome fighter was crowned a heavyweight world champion kickboxer, going on to make 14 defences of his title in seven years before moving away from the sport.
He later began working as a doorman at the Chelsea Reach – at the time one of the biggest clubs in the area, until its closure in the early 2000s.
Recalling his most terrifying brush with the drug-fuelled gangster economy operating out of many of the city’s bars and clubs at the time, Sandland explained: “There was a door security firm that come looking for somebody and they came into the nightclub that I was running.
“They came in looking for the head doorman at the time, there were another two doormen on the front.
“Instantly these 14 or so guys knocked these two doormen out and tried to barge through the door.
“Fortunately, or unfortunately, I was standing just inside the door. I stepped out with my buddy Steve and immediately had to start fighting.
“I was hit with a knuckleduster which damaged the side of my face badly but retaliated with a punch that put the guy through a window.
The Scouse brawler continues to describe a hellish scene in which the gang returned with knives and chains to continue to the brutal assault.
“The owner of the club’s son came out, was grabbed hold of, fell on the floor and was stabbed seven times”
“The owner of the club’s son came out, was grabbed hold of, fell on the floor and was stabbed seven times.
“The other doorman had a bottle smashed in his face, 35 stitches all down his head. The other two were lying unconscious on the floor getting kicked to death virtually.
“There was three of us and we managed to fight them off. It was carnage. It was horrendous.”
Sandland opened up about the horrifying incident in a recently-released documentary series on Netflix, called Gangsters: Faces of the Underworld.
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