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Steve Yerrid goes viral as Tampa Bay Lightning ‘punching man’


During the Lightning’s last fight against the Boston Bruins, it was Steve Yerrid who got in the best punch. With a front row seat to one of the scrums on the ice, it was a video of Steve that took off on social media.

From the Tampa Bay Times:

“The video has gone viral, making Yerrid a social media sensation.

“People sent it to me from all over the country,” Yerrid said. “They’re crazy nuts.”

Yerrid has a history of throwing punches.

His father, Charles, was the heavyweight champ of the Pacific Rim during World War II. Steve said he was 3 when his dad taught him to box.

“I had a little talent for that,” Yerrid said. “I had a pretty good jab.”

Fighting at 142 pounds, Yerrid was 17-0 during an amateur career. He was elected to the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame for his work with impaired boxers (brain injuries), the 2000 Olympic boxing trials and promoting Roy Jones Jr’s title Friday bouts in Tampa. Yerrid has a heavy bag that he still uses.”

Read the complete story on the Tampa Bay Times site.