Mob Surrounds Man After Store Incident, but They Had No Clue Who He Was

By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
October 4, 2015 Updated: April 4, 2016

A video reportedly showing a mob in Turkey trying to beat down a man has circulated online.

The video shows the man, described by Turkish media as an “Irish boxer and tourist” accidentally spilling a fridge full of bottles of water in a store. This incident sparks an argument that leads to some shopkeepers hitting the unarmed tourist with sticks, chairs, and other makeshift weapons.

The shop owner overreacted and attacked the tourist with a stick. The surprising thing is that the tourist turned out to be a pro boxer.
— anonymous source, Irish consulate

But they had no clue the Irish tourist is actually a “professional boxer,” and he began to punch the men coming at home, at one point knocking one down with a single punch. Haberturk TV first published the footage, which it said was captured on CCTV in the Istanbul neighborhood of Aksaray.

Hurryiet Daily News later named the pugilist as Kuwaiti-born Irish citizen Mohammed Fadel Dobbous, though reports cast doubts on the initial claims that he’s a pro boxer. A source at the Irish consulate told The Independent that the shop owners were to blame. 

“The shop owner overreacted and attacked the tourist with a stick,” he said. “The surprising thing is that the tourist turned out to be a pro boxer and knocked down the angry shopkeepers one by one.”