Don’t Call It a Comeback: Yusef Mack beats up Internet Troll
By: Matthew N. Becher
Over the weekend, former Light Heavyweight title challenger, Yusef Mack (31-8-2 17KO), was in the news for attacking a man at a Philadelphia barbershop. The man, Hector Echevarria, is a social media “Troll” who repeatedly attacks people through the internet by saying exceptionally vile and hurtful comments. Apparently he took it too far with Mack, by continually abusing Yusef with anti-gay remarks, until it came to a fever pitch.
For those who don’t know. Yusef Mack has not stepped into a boxing ring since 2014. He is, without an official say so, retired from the sport. He made news when he was spotted in a “DawgPoundUSA.com” porno film, having sex with two other men. Mack stated that it was indeed him in the video, but all he remembers of the day in question, was that he was drugged and woke up with $4,500 dollars in his pocket, with no recollection of what happened to him.
Mack, a father of 10, eventually recanted his statement. Officially coming out of “the closet” and issuing an apology:
‘This is an issued public apology from my heart. I want to address a few situations with the first being the false claims I made about being drugged during the (DawgPoundUSA.com) film,’ said Mack.
‘I have never spoke negatively about the company that produced the film although the claim to have been given a drug by someone during set was a lie.
‘I was completely aware and fully conscious during the film.’
Echevarria has gone on and on, tweeting anti-gay and homophobic remarks at Mack for a while now, and over the weekend, Mack took the matters into his own hands.
In a video that has made its rounds over the weekend, even landing on TMZ.com, Mack confronted his online bully at the Philadelphia “LA Clippers” Barber shop.
Mack repeatedly pummeled Echevarria with punches, bruising and cutting his face, knocking him from the barber chair to the floor. It appears that Echevarria also may have broken his ankle/leg when he fell. Mack then slammed some sort of bag onto Echevarria’s head, before calling it quits and leaving.
Social media praised Mack for his actions, as many were well aware of Echevarria’s past, and believed he had something like this coming for some time.
This isn’t the first instance of a pro fighter finding and fighting an “internet troll”. Four years ago, the famous video surfaced of, now, heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder beating up Charlie Zelenoff, after Zelenoff wrote some nasty things about Wilders daughter.
It is unclear what the fallout of this video will be, with the police or charges being made against Mack. It does show that you can only hide behind a keyboard for so long, before enough is enough and these athletes come to collect.