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 Credit: 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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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