Professional boxer Curtis Woodhouse officially reached his boiling point with online troller ‘Jimmyob88.’ When Woodhouse lost his light-welterweight title he was harassed on Twitter by Jimmyob88 and fought back in an awesome and unprecedented way for professional athletes: tracking down the culprit and paying him a personal visit.
Jimmyob88 had reportedly been taunting Woodhouse online for months and after Woodhouse lost the English light-welterweight bout, Jimmyob88 called him a “complete disgrace” that had “failed to defend [his] micky mouse title.”
Woodhouse had apparently had quite enough and offered a £1,000 reward for help in finding his troller. With the help of Twitter followers, he tracked down the street name and eventually the house number of Jimmyob88.
When Woodhouse announced his intentions to visit Jimmyob88, the troller briefly played confident, tweeting “good lad, ill enjoy our little visit” and “what u going to do knock me out like your last opponent ooops.” His mood quickly went limp, however. When Woodhouse did not back off, Jimmyob88 spinelessly tried to pass off his taunts as being “harmless fun.”
Undeterred, the boxer advanced towards the home of the man he dubbed a “keyboard warrior” and was given an online round of cheers along the way. Among those to offer applause were former boxer Lennox Lewis, British politician John Prescott, and British footballer Joey Barton.
Woodhouse tweeted a picture of Jimmyob88′s home to verify he had indeed gone through with his promise to track down the keyboard warrior. Unfortunately, outside the home was as far as Woodhouse would get as the saga came to an anticlimactic end with Jimmyob88 not opening the door.
Woodhouse tweeted that he did not know he could block people on Twitter, information he jokingly noted would have saved him quite a bit of petrol.
Though he never gave Jimmyob88 the “pasting” he had publicly planned, Woodhouse has undoubtedly become the hero of every athlete ever to be trolled on Twitter.