THE admirable mutual respect shown between Curtis Woodhouse and Dale Miles will be forgotten when they’re in the ring.
Given his track record of winding opponents up, Woodhouse, aged 32, gave Miles plenty of respect at yesterday’s press conference.
It is the biggest fight to date for the former Sheffield United and Rotherham United midfielder and a win at Rotherham’s Magna Centre, where Woodhouse has won five times by knockout and never lost, would put him in a good position for a British title crack against light-welterweight holder Darren Hamilton.
Both fighters are expected to trade bombs in an encounter which is set to be a cracking fight while it lasts. Woodhouse did look edgy and sat deep back into his chair before speaking.
“I’ve never met Dale before but I know he’s similar to myself,” he said. “He’s a hard worker and he’s got to where he is with no money behind him, so there’s no reason to call him any names.
“But believe me, when the bell goes he’s in a whole word of trouble. He’s in too deep and he’ll get knocked out.”
Alfreton’s Miles is coming off a Prizefighter defeat to cuts but had achieved 12 straight wins before that and had stopped nine of them early. The 27-year-old responded to Woodhouse’s bold prediction with flattery.
He admires what Woodhouse has achieved so far but he doesn’t fear coming to Rotherham to face him.
“People ask me what I think about Curtis, because of the banter he had with Stefy Bull and Frankie Gavin before their fights and if I’m being honest, I like him,” said Miles. “He’s got a style I like to watch and his attitude to boxing. I’m expecting a close, hard, 50-50 fight.
“I’ve boxed four or five with unbeaten records and I’ve boxed away from home before so it’s not going to faze me.”
Promoter Dave Coldwell is predicting a great night of action, but is urging those with tickets to get in early.
“Out of 28 wins, they’ve got 20 knockouts between them so this fight isn’t going the distance. So get to your seats early because you won’t want to miss this,” said Coldwell.
“Curtis has worked hard to get his way up and now he’s on the verge of a British title shot and that’s everything that he gave football up for.”
Coldwell also confirmed that Rotherham’s Chad Gaynor will face Birmingham’s Dee Mitchell on the undercard and Arbourthorne fighter Jerome Wilson will also feature.