In the social-media age, sports stars have had to put up with Internet trolls, or fans who will talk trash at every chance they get toward a particular athlete that they choose to dislike.
With how often this Internet tough guy stuff happens, it’s likely that there have been many athletes who wished they could get a chance to shut their attackers up with their fists.
It just so happens that up-and-coming American heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KOs) got his chance to give his Internet troll, Charlie Zelenoff, a boxing lesson he surely won’t forget anytime soon.
TMZ's story stated that Zelenoff has been bugging Wilder for years, throwing racial comments and even insulting his daughter, who was diagnosed with spina bifida.
In a video obtained by TMZ Sports, Wilder knocks Zelenoff silly a couple of times before the two were broken up by those in attendance. It was clear that Zelenoff could be seriously hurt if he kept getting up, so the intervention was a smart move.
Wilder did all of this while wearing two right gloves, so it is painfully obvious that Zelenoff bit off more than he could chew.
Wilder was clearly upset in the video and made it clear that he expects all the trolling to stop, but Zelenoff kept talking trash even after Wilder beat him down.
It appears that Zelenoff is a habitual trash talker, as he is also the same guy who sparred with Floyd Mayweather Sr. a few years back. In that video, Zelenoff sucker punches Mayweather Sr. in a true act of cowardliness.
There are many ways that one can become famous these days with social media being such major outlet for those seeking fame, but Zelenoff is going about it in a dangerous way.
As Wilder pointed out after having his way with Zelenoff, he is going to run into the wrong person one day and his pseudo tough guy antics could get him seriously hurt one day.