Woods: "Sparring partner as good as challenger" - VIDEO

CLINTON WOODS says he has been sparring with an opponent every bit as good as Saturday's world title challenger, Julio Gonzalez.

Tuesday, 25th September 2007, 8:16 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th September 2007, 8:17 am

He has been in the ring with Australian based cruiserweight Gareth Hogg, as well as Rotherham fighter Neil Dawson.

Hogg, a 29-year-old from Sydney, Australia, was a particular handful.

And he landed enough blows to decorate the Sheffield champ's face.

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"Gareth Hogg is one tough cookie, he has been out in Australia sparring with a few light heavyweight contenders of mine, and I have a lot of respect for him. He has good moves and a good punch.

"People who watched him said he was better than Gonzalez. But nothing prepares you for the night" said Woods.

"I always get damaged in sparring, I had a few bruises round my eyes but you have got to remember not really sparred properly... I haven't fought since last September, so it took me a while to get back into it.

"I did have a few knocks bruises and twisted ears!"

Woods is completing his final preparations to defend against Mexican Julio Gonzalez on Saturday, at Sheffield Arena. (Tickets: 01142 565656 or 01142 560550)

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