May 2, 2015 9:08 AM EDT

We normally like to think of our dogs protecting us, but in this case, a man went to extreme lengths to protect his canine companion: he punched a bear that was trying to eat his Chihuahua.

Carl Moore, 73, saw a black bear trying to crawl into his yard in Meadow Vista, Calif. and nab his little dog, the LA Times reports. Moore is a former boxer, and those fighting instincts kicked in. Moore punched the bear in the face and it ran away.

“The man or beast that I run from ain’t been born,” Moore said in the below interview with CBS Sacramento, “and its mama’s already dead.”

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