FOOTBALLER turned boxer Curtis Woodhouse could fight old foe Frankie Gavin for the WBO inter-continental title in July, The Star can reveal.
Former Sheffield United midfielder Woodhouse - who made the switch to boxing in 2006 - was scheduled to fight former world amateur champion Gavin last year, but suffered a fractured hand.
Irish champion Gavin maintained his 10-fight unbeaten record, and won the WBO Inter-continental welterweight belt on Saturday with a clear points victory over Young Mutley at London’s O2 Arena – and could lock horns with Woodhouse on the undercard of Kevin Mitchell’s fight with John Murray on July 9.
“I’m in the middle of sorting it all out, we’re talking to Frank Warren’s people and it’s definitely in the pipeline,” Dave Coldwell, Woodhouse’s manager, told The Star.
“Curtis was supposed to fight him after beating Stefy Bull, but he broke a bone in his hand and Gavin went onto bigger and better things. But Curtis is still really interested in fighting him, he’s more than up for it and so hopefully we’ll have it made soon.”
Woodhouse’s spat with Gavin begun after he beat Doncaster’s Bull in 2010. He told a ringside Gavin that he was going to “knock him out next”.
“It goes back quite far between the two – Curtis spent a lot of time in Birmingham when he played for them, and Gavin’s a Birmingham City fan,” Coldwell added.
“There’s a lot of bad blood and a lot of needle between the two, so it will be very interesting. It gives you an extra motivation as a boxer; you want to put one over someone you don’t like. You want to embarrass them.
“Curtis has always had that edge to him, even as a footballer. That’s what he’s all about.”
Coldwell is, however, under no illusions as to the huge challenge Gavin would face for Woodhouse.
“It’s a massive step up for Curtis, and he’ll be a massive underdog,” Coldwell, Head of Boxing at Hayemaker Promotions, added. “But the bottom line is, he came into boxing to test himself and he doesn’t want to have an easy route.
“But he’s got so much desire and intensity and, after making the financial sacrifices he has made, I wouldn’t bet against him.
“Curtis will give it everything he has got.”