Sheffield boxer gets tough with internet troll

Blade-turned boxer Curtis Woodhouse has hit back at a man who abused him on social networking website Twitter.
Blade-turned boxer Curtis Woodhouse has hit back at a man who abused him on social networking website Twitter.
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FORMER Sheffield United footballer turned boxer Curtis Woodhouse vowed to track down and confront a troll who posted abusive comments on Twitter.

After the ex-Blade’s defeat to Shayne Singleton in Manchester last Friday when he lost his English light welterweight title, Anonymous Twitter user @Jimmyob88 tweeted: “Retire immediately – can’t even defend a pathetic little title, you are a complete disgrace.”

He added: “What’s funny is you put so much effort in sacrificed all that time and failed to defend your Mickey Mouse title.”

Woodhouse responded: “I’ll give £1,000 to anybody that provides me with address and picture of this man! knock knock!!”

Fellow Twitter users identified the poster and gave a street name in Sheffield.

Woodhouse then said: “Old Jimmy has gone quiet because we know where he lives!

“We are coming over for a brew.”

‘Jimmy’ replied: “Chill out pal, I was only doing it so you would bite back. It was only a bit of harmless fun.”

Woodhouse, who was at his home in Driffield at the time, said: “Too late for all that now Jimmy, I’ve had enough of your mouth, I’ll be about 50 mins and you can have your say then.”

Woodhouse drove to find him but did not manage to track him down.

He Tweeted: “@jimmyob88 never came out to play so I’m going back home.”

Curtis was backed by Twitter users including members of Sheffield’s boxing scene, former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott and footballer Joey Barton.

Dave Coldwell, Woodhouse’s manager, said: “I think a lot of people are getting fed up of trolls going on Twitter, saying what they like and not having to answer for it. This guy has been going at Curtis for weeks. He’s also had a go at Victoria Beckham.

“I think Curtis wanted to go round for a chat and to see if he wanted to come down the gym and have a spar.”