British Boxer Takes A Hands-On Approach To Twitter Troll

Curtis Woodhouse (Press Association via AP Images)

Curtis Woodhouse (Press Association via AP Images)

Be warned, this is a tale that contains salty language between men. Men who are facing off against one another in combat in the most fearsome combat arena known to humankind: Twitter.

The story begins with the British boxer (and former professional footballer) Curtis Woodhouse losing his English light-welterweight title bout, on points, to Shane Singleton on Friday night. A bitter pill for any boxer, and one that was not made any more palatable when he started receiving aggressive twitter messages from one @jimmyob88.

A brief look down this person’s timeline reveals he or she spends a lot of time finding people in the public eye (or just on Twitter) to shout at. Shouting at people on Twitter is clearly how he or she winds down after a hard day doing… other stuff.

Now, I don’t know about you, but harrassing people whose job it is to punch other people in the face has always been low on my To-Do list, just above prodding a skunk with a porcupine. And sure enough, Curtis came out fighting, first asking his followers if they might know where @jimmyob88 lives, and then tweeting the street name, and claiming to be on his way round.

Cue one sudden change of tune, as this sweary Storify explains:

Yeah, that’ll do it.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

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