A boxer known for “sucker punching” and deliberately going all-out on sparring opponents attempts to pick fights with unsuspecting Marines, not realizing that he truly has no idea how lucky he is.
29-year-old Charlie Zelenoff -who has been referred to as the “world’s biggest boxing bully”- isn’t exactly a good sportsman. From giving 110% against unsuspecting opponents in “friendly” sparring matches to sucker-punching Floyd Mayweather Sr. in the back of the head during an informal exercise, Zelenoff comes across to some as an insecure individual who -despite fighting prowess- takes the easy way by fighting way below his level on many occasions.
Zelenoff regularly takes on opponents who, at the time of agreeing to a sparring match, have no idea that the 29-year-old’s intent is to knock them out as quickly as possible. While this might look good on Worldstar Hip Hop, it certainly doesn’t bode well for him in terms of actual skill or character.
For example, this fight against an overweight and older Marine veteran:
One such event was when he “sparred” with a Marine veteran, who seemed bewildered as to why he was being filmed when he agreed to spar with Zelenoff.
Putting gloves on, the two were in what appeared to be a hallway of a gym, with countless hazards all around them.
The second the fight begins, Zelenoff hooks around and punches the 8-year Marine veteran right in the head, not letting up at all. After several hits and nearly be knocked into glass and gym equipment, the Marine decides the sparring watch isn’t worth it.
“I’m gonna get mad,” the Marine said with a cool demeanor, explaining that Zelenoff was hitting him way too hard, especially considering the Marine had never done this kind of thing before.
“You a Marine?” Zelenoff slurs out. “Alright, I won.”
Watch for yourself:
While it is hard to determine whether or not the Marine ever saw combat, eight years of service likely points to at least one deployment.
For many men who have seen battle, there is a certain sense of restraint among them, including knowing when to avoid crossing the line between fighting for fun and fighting for one’s life. Men like Zelenoff, who likely has never been in a real life-or-death fight in his life, don’t understand this. The brutality in the ring is incomparable to that of combat, thrown into the fray where one’s very life depends on having a cool head but a vicious heart.
In real-life combat, the gloves have fingers, and they are often wrapped around a trigger, a knife or another man’s throat.
When Zelenoff finds a Marine that is worthy of his boxing skill, he backs down and claims he wins.
But if “the proof is in the pudding,” one needs look no further than Frederick Young, a Marine veteran who is as deadly as he his sportsman-like.
Despite being threatened numerous times by “Charlie Z,” Young has -at least to our knowledge- yet to receive a real challenge from Zelenoff.
If that doesn’t satisfy you, nothing will- except maybe watching Zelenoff get his ass kicked by a kid just old enough to drive, that’s pretty great.
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