Boxing: Ex-Blades star Curtis Woodhouse loses in split-decision drama

Split decision: Curtis Woodhouse, left, fights Frankie Gavin for the WBO Intercontinental Welterweight Championship at the Liverpool Echo Arena, Liverpool. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Split decision: Curtis Woodhouse, left, fights Frankie Gavin for the WBO Intercontinental Welterweight Championship at the Liverpool Echo Arena, Liverpool. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
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EX-BLADES midfielder-turned boxer Curtis Woodhouse came close to causing a major upset when he lost only by split decision in his showdown with rising star Frankie Gavin, writes digital editor Graham Walker.

Both endured moments of difficulty in a fight that could have gone either way.

But it was Gavin, Britain’s most well-regarded prospect, who took it with scores of 117-112 and 116-113 in his favour and 115-114 against him.

Victory for 25-year-old Birmingham fighter - defending his WBO Inter-Continental welterweight title - took his unbeaten record to 11-0.

Woodhouse, aged 31, went into the fight predicting a massive upset against Gavin and it almost happened.

Also at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, Commonwealth champion Tony Bellew claimed the vacant British light-heavyweight title after beating Ovil McKenzie on points earning a unanimous decision.

For full story and reaction see The Star tomorrow.