Curtis Woodhouse takes part in his last fight on Friday before competing for his much sought-after British title.
The former Sheffield United footballer, who became a professional boxer in 2006, has a six round “warm up” at iceSheffield before taking on reigning British light welterweight champ Darren Hamilton.
Woodhouse’s manager Dave Codlwell wants his man to get a few rounds in before the contest which means more to the fighter than anything.
“Curtis promised his dad, on his death-bed, that he would win the British title” said Coldwell. “It means everything to him.
“That fight will be his dream come true, and Friday will help in his preparation for that emotional night.”
Woodhouse aims to win the title on a Matchroom show in Hull in February. The top of the bill will be Olympic star Luke Campbell.
But on Friday, Woodhouse will go through a work-out with Polish journeyman Arek Maliq (record (14-59-4.)
Coldwell said: “I didn’t want anything too tasty just someone that Curtis could tick over against before taking on a very good fighter in Hamilton.
“Curtis prefers it when he is up against someone who presents a real challenge.
“When he has been favourite in some of his other fights he has got carried away and gone gung-ho. But Ryan Rhodes (trainer) and I are collectively getting him ready.”
Meanwhile, Woodhouse has tweeted that he believes soccer match-fixing had been going on for years.
He posted: “Match-fixing has been going on for ages. Loads of players I played with bet on games and who would be booked or sent off.”
The 33-year-old added: “It’s old news. Just to confirm I’ve never had a bet on a game I’ve ever been a part of and never would. I think it’s wrong but it happens. Would never take a dive no matter how much, got too much pride.”
n Rossington ticket-seller Maxi Hughes goes looking for his 10th victory, at iceSheffield, where he will face Gloucester lightweight Andy Harris.