Jessica Cox felt emotional, to say the least, when she reviewed cellphone video of the punch for the first time, she told KTLA sister station KSWB in San Diego.
“I almost threw up. It made me completely sick to my stomach,” Cox said. “It hurt. I fell back, but there was so much adrenaline running through me that, at that time, that’s not what mattered to me."
Cox said she had just wrapped up dinner with friends and was walking home when she heard two people arguing.
“I said, 'You cannot hit a woman. I’ve already called 911. You’re scaring everybody. Please stop, go,' " Cox said. "And that’s when he goes, 'OK, I’ll hit you.' ”
Cox said that's when people nearby jumped in to help.
“Thankfully that happened, because I don’t think he would have stopped,” she said.
After the attack, video shows the man yelling at people and continuing to argue with his fiancee, asking her for his ring back.
Police said the man left before they got there. Officers said his fiancee stayed but would not give up his identity.
Cox is still healing from the punch. She has a black eye but is thankful no bones were broken.
When asked if she would do it all over again, Cox said, “I would like to think that maybe I would step back maybe on the second time, but in the beginning, no. I would always step in to save somebody.”