Boxing: Curtis Woodhouse, KOs Twitter troll without throwing a punch

Boxer gets online apology after tracking down man who verbally abused him

To track down and unmask the so-called trolls anonymously spewing vicious online comments is the dream of many. Now boxer Curtis Woodhouse has done just that in a cautionary tale to all cyber bullies.

The 32 year-old fighter was labelled a “complete disgrace” and “laughable joke” among other things in a spiel of abuse by Twitter user ‘Jimmyob88’ after losing his English light-welterweight title on points to Shane Singleton on Friday night.

Incensed by the onslaught, Woodhouse offered a £1,000 reward to anyone who could help him track down the Sheffield-based culprit, who had reportedly been verbally abusing Woodhouse via Twitter for months.

Prior to boxing, Woodhouse had been a professional footballer for nine seasons in a career which saw him play for Football League clubs including Sheffield United, Birmingham City and Hull, earning caps for the England Under-21 side along the way. He switched to boxing in 2006 with a record of 17 wins and four losses.

After honing in on his antagonist, Woodhouse updated his 18,000 Twitter followers. Locating ‘Jimmyob88’ in South Yorkshire, he got in his car to “give him a right pasting”.

“Just on my way to Sheffield to have a little chat with an old friend, get the kettle on”, he added on Twitter.

Woodhouse later posted a picture of a street sign said to be the road on which @jimmyob88 lived. “Right Jimbob im here,” he then wrote. “Someone tell me what number he lives at or do I have to knock on every door #it’s showtime.”

Realising the tables had been rather unceremoniously turned, ‘Jimmyob88’ attempted a note of contrition.

“I am sorry it’s getting a bit out of hand,” he wrote. “I am in the wrong. I accept that.” He added that the abuse was merely a “bit of harmless fun”.

Having extracted an element of revenge, Woodhouse then called off the hunt. He later joked: “Just found out you can block people. Could have let me know earlier, I could have saved 20 quid in petrol.”

The issue of trolling has become ever-present in recent months as vicious abuse and even death threats have been directed at celebrities, politicians and sports stars. Liam Stacey, a 21-year-old student, was jailed for 56 days for inciting racial hatred by posting racist comments on Twitter after the Bolton footballer Fabrice Muamba suffered a heart attack.

Woodhouse’s fight-back drew praise from others online including ex-boxer Lennox Lewis and former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott. The latter, who once punched a man who threw an egg at him, said “This is how we deal with things in Hull.”

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: 3rd Line Virtualisation, Windows & Server Engineer

£40000 - £47000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A 3rd Line Virtualisation / Sto...

Recruitment Genius: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Service Engineer

£26000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A successful national service f...

Recruitment Genius: Business Development Executive / Sales - OTE £25,000

£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - Fixed Term Contract

£17500 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: We currently require an experie...

Day In a Page

Syria civil war: Meet the military commander who says his soldiers will not rest until every inch of their war torn country is free of Islamist 'terrorists'

‘We won’t stop until Syria is back to normal’

Near the front lines with Islamist-controlled towns where Assad’s troops were besieged just last month, Robert Fisk meets a commander confidently preparing his soldiers for battle
The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation may undermine Hillary's chances

The inside story of how Bill Clinton built a $2bn global foundation...

... and how it may undermine Hillary's chances in 2016
12 best olive oils

Extra-virgin, cold-press, early-harvest, ultra-premium: 12 best olive oils

Choosing an olive oil is a surprising minefield. Save yourself the hassle with our handy guide
Rafa Benitez Real Madrid unveiling: New manager full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

Benitez full of emotion at Bernabeu homecoming

There were tears in the former Liverpool manager’s eyes as he was unveiled as Real Madrid coach. But the Spaniard knows he must make tough decisions if he is to succeed
Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?