An 11-year-old boy in Bellevue, Wash., is recovering from a broken finger this week after he took up a challenge from a local self-appointed superhero to punch him in his rubberized armor.
According to the superhero's spokesman, Ben Fodor -- also known as Phoenix Jones when he's suited up -- was speaking to students about bullying at the Bellevue Jewish Day School when several children asked the Seattle crime-fighter if they could punch him in the gut, KOMO NewsRadio reported.
The mother of one of the children said her son, Noah, was one of the first to leap at the opportunity to lay some haymakers.
"They were talking all about superheroes. (Phoenix) got up in front of the kids and was telling them all about his uniform and it's rubberized and armored and bulletproof," she told the radio station. "My child gets up in front of him and (Phoenix) says to him, 'OK, give me all you got. Give me your best punch, but wait, but don't do it too hard, you might get hurt.'"
The mother told KOMO that her son "took all his might and punched him," breaking a finger in the process
She said her son is feeling OK now, but that she doesn't think an adult in a superhero suit should give children the OK to punch him.
When asked about the lesson he learned from his Phoenix Jones encounter, Noah said, "I shouldn't punch a superhero as hard as I can."
In 2011, Fodor was arrested and later acquitted of pepper-spraying an angry mob as he donned the Phoenix Jones costume.
He's also an MMA fighter known as Flattop Fodor, and according to his Twitter account, is a two-time Ax Lightweight Champion and Current Welterweight Champion in Washington State.
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