PAYBACK is on the mind of footballer-turned boxer Curtis Woodhouse.
The former Sheffield United and Rotherham midfielder has set his sights on a rematch with Peter McDonagh. It was the Irish puncher who condemned Woodhouse to his second professional defeat in October at Bethnal Green.
The painful loss prompted Driffield-based fighter Woodhouse to leave trainer and close friend Dave Coldwell. He is now working with Glyn Rhodes
Light welterweight Woodhouse told The Star: "When you lose a fight, it is a horrible feeling. You feel like your world is coming to an end. It takes a lot of getting over.
"It is not like losing a football game and you have another one straight away. When you lose a fight, it is an ego thing.
"You feel like you have been stripped a little bit of your pride.
"It does hurt and takes time to get over. I cried for about a week after the McDonagh fight and I ate about five tubs of ice cream. I'm over it now and back in training.
"Ideally, I would like a McDonagh rematch. I want to put the record straight because I feel it is a fight I am more than capable of winning.
"I want to arrange it as soon as possible. Peter has fought a lot of good kids and won't shirk the challenge and I want to wipe the slate clean so it is not a hard fight to put together.
"I know I can beat him. If I had gone in there, got beat up and bashed about then I might stay away from it but that wasn't the case."
The 30-year-old paid tribute to Coldwell, who remains his manager, for his support throughout his career.
"We had a good working relationship," he said. "I get on well with Dave away from boxing and it was a difficult decision to make.
"Dave turned me into a respected fighter so I owe a lot to him. I just felt like I needed a change of scenery to freshen me up."
Woodhouse said he plans on returning to the ring in March. Ranked 13 in the world, Woodhouse's opponent has yet to be confirmed.
The fighter feels he is developing under the guidance of Rhodes and is encouraged by the improvement in his footwork and body shots.
He said: "I want to become a rounded boxer. In boxing, you don't pick up everything in six months; it is a lifetime of learning.
"Glyn has taught me a few subtle things which make a big difference. He has been there at the highest level and I don't think there are many trainers in Yorkshire who can say they have been in the corner for world title fights."
Woodhouse hopes to be in contention for the British title in 12 months time.
"If I can get a couple of big wins this year, then hopefully I will get a shot," he said. "I'm training for that and I'm not a million miles away from where I want to be.
"It was my dream when I came into the game to become British champion and I'm still heading towards that."
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