CURTIS Woodhouse has two big dates in his diary.
The former Blades midfielder-turned light-welterweight, 31, is to fight former European champion Jason Cook, 36, at Magna Centre, Rotherham on November 26th, - and his girlfriend Charlotte is expecting their third child.
“I’m going to have to do some bareknuckle fighting on the side to pay the bills,” laughed Woodhouse. “By the time the fight comes around with Cook, she’ll be six months pregnant so I’d best get rid of him early as I don’t want to distress her too much! Our styles ought to gel well. I won’t have to go looking for him because he’s an aggressive fighter. It should be a cracking fight for the fans.”
Woodhouse proved himself in his last bout with former amateur world champion Frankie Gavin. Woodhouse took Gavin the distance and only lost by majority decision. The ex footballer is in boxing for titles and knows that only tough fights will get him up the rankings.
“Jason is ranked number five in Britain and I think Frankie was ranked tenth when we fought so I’m taking on some of the best,” he said.
“I want the 50/50 fights. I’m not going to name names but there are loads of boxers out there who just build up their records by fighting Latvian road sweepers. They can be 20 undefeated, or 50 undefeated and when it comes down to it they’ve boxed nobodies.
“Cook is going to be an extremely tough fight and if he lands clean on my chin, there’s every chance he’ll knock me out.
“I promised my Dad that I’d win the British title and I’m not going to break that promise.
“Beating Jason Cook would probably get me a crack at the British champion and I’ll be going all out to beat him.”