Charlie Zelenoff is a Russian-American internet personality, best known for posting boxing-related videos on YouTube. Zelenoff, a self-proclaimed boxer, has sparred with amateur and professional boxers. However, most of his fights happen outside the ring and he usually ends up getting battered by his opponent. In spite of his poor boxing technique, Zelenoff claims to be the world’s best boxer, leading many to believe that he is delusional. Interestingly, Zelenoff has managed to turn his antics into millions of YouTube views, gaining fame as an internet troll. A YouTube channel called ‘Charlie Zelenoff Uncut,’ which showcases Zelenoff’s antics, has gone on to accumulate thousands of subscribers and millions of views. On June 25, 2016, a full-length documentary featuring Charlie Zelenoff’s fights was published on YouTube.
Early Life & Career
Charlie Zelenoff was born on July 27, 1988, in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was raised in Los Angeles where he attended ‘Fairfax High School.’ Zelenoff became passionate about boxing at a young age. Subsequently, he decided to pursue professional boxing. In his first official fight, Zelenoff was pitted against Andrew Hartley in the Welterweight category. Unfortunately, Zelenoff was disqualified in his first match and he never found a way to make a comeback into the professional boxing scene. Refusing to hang up his boxing gloves, Zelenoff continued challenging amateur and professional boxers alike. Subsequently, he started posting his boxing videos on the internet, gaining popularity as an internet troll. Thanks to their controversial nature, many of his videos went viral. In one such video, Zelenoff was seen fighting a kid, which provoked an outburst of anger on the internet. In another video, Zelenoff was seen challenging heavyweight boxing professional Deontay Welder. Despite receiving heavy blows from Welder, Zelenoff claims to be the best boxer at the end of the video. He has also sparred with boxing legends, such as Floyd Mayweather Sr. among other famous boxers. He also claims to be the undisputed ‘Underground Boxing Federation’ (UBF) World Champion and carries around a couple of fake boxing championship belts.
Though he has been termed delusional and mentally challenged by many, Charlie Zelenoff is quite popular on the internet. The YouTube channel, where he posts his videos, is very popular among viewers and fellow YouTubers. The channel ‘Charlie Zelenoff Uncut,’ which was created on September 12, 2017, has gone on to collect more than 50,000 subscribers, and over 30 million views. Some of the most viewed videos on the channel include ‘Top 5 Charlie Zelenoff Losses,’ ‘Charlie Zelenoff Finally Getting Ran Up On,’ ‘Compilation of Charlie Z Quitting, Running, and Calling Time-Out,’ ‘Charlie Zelenoff Gets Confronted Face To Face,’ and ‘Top 10 Times Gym Members Swung Back on Charlie Zelenoff.’ Charlie Zelenoff has also been featured in a full-length documentary film titled ‘Troll Champion: The Charlie Zelenoff Story.’ Apart from showcasing him sparring against professional boxers, the documentary also showcases Zelenoff’s fight against non-boxers and amateurs, whom he pays to fight.
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Family & Personal Life
Charlie Zelenoff is married to Daria, who supports his dream of becoming the ‘greatest boxer’ of all time. The couple can often be seen celebrating Zelenoff’s ‘wins’ on social media platforms. Zelenoff currently lives in Los Angeles, California, along with his wife.