Boxer Curtis Woodhouse hailed a 'hero' after tracking down Twitter troll

Curtis Woodhouse is punched by Frankie Gavin during the WBO Intercontinental Welterweight Championship bout in 2011
Curtis Woodhouse is punched by Frankie Gavin during the WBO Intercontinental Welterweight Championship bout in 2011 Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Former footballer turned professional boxer Curtis Woodhouse was hailed as a "hero" after a fierce Twitter argument with a man who had sent him offensive tweets, which ended after Woodhouse driving to the person's home to confront him.

The ex-England Under 21 player had lost his English light-welterweight title to Shane Singleton on Friday night and was subsequently subjected to a stream of tweets labelling him a 'disgrace' and telling him to retire from the user @jimmyob88.

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@woodhousecurtis retire immediately cant even defend a pathetic little title you are a complete disgrace #awfulboxer

@woodhousecurtis Whats funny u put so much effort in sacrificed all that time and failed to defend your mickey mouse title

– @jimmyob88 tweet

Woodhouse offered a cash reward for the name and address of a Twitter user, who calls himself 'the master' after receiving a string of offensive tweets.

Woodhouse then claimed he was going to travel to the man's home address, posting a picture of a street sign which he said was where 'the master' lived.

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@kinkwadze @jimmyob88 ill give £1000 to anybody that provides me with address and picture of this man! knock knock!!

The argument continued on Twitter but despite making it that far Curtis seemed to be left without the exact house number and eventually left:

right Jimbob im here !!!!! someone tell me what number he lives at, or do I have to knock on every door

– @woodhousecurtis tweet

'The master' appeared to back down saying that the tweets had been 'a joke', but Woodhouse did not appear to accepts the apologies.

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@woodhousecurtis @wit_xx i was only joking about Didnt think you would be bothered thought you would take them as a joke

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@woodhousecurtis chill out pal i was only doing it so you would bite back it was only abit of harmless fun

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@jimmyob88 @wit_xx to late for all that now jimmy, ive had enough of your mouth, ill be about 50 mins and you can have your say then

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@woodhousecurtis i am sorry its getting abit out of hand i am in the wrong i accept that

Finally the boxer seems to have given up, sending a last tweet explaining his actions:

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@jimmyob88 never came out to play so im going back home! maybe a bit daft what i did today but sometimes enough is enough #boxing #football

He was labelled a "hero" in tweets by Joey Barton and has also received praise from Lennox Lewis and John Prescott for his actions.

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