Blades boxer can retire with a smile on his face

David Coldwell issuing instructions to Curtis Woodhouse  - for the last time?
David Coldwell issuing instructions to Curtis Woodhouse - for the last time?
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Promoter Dave Coldwell is hoping one of his prize assets will retire from the sport on Saturday night.

It’s not usual for a fighter’s handler to think this way - for obvious financial reasons.

But if Curtis Woodhouse does hang his gloves up, it will mean he will have achieved his dream, winning the British title, at light-welterweight.

Woodhouse, who played football for Sheffield United before switching sports, takes on British champion Darren Hamilton in Hull. The boxer claims he will retire whatever the result.

But Coldwell thinks that decision will be harder to take, if Woodhouse loses.

“A fighter never really knows what he is going to do until he arrives at that moment - and then he might change his mind, anyway” says Coldwell.

“But Curtis will find it easier to retire if he takes the title - he will have achieved what he wanted. He has admitted that when he achieved his dream of being a professional footballer he took his foot off the pedal.

“You cannot do that in boxing or you get hurt. He has gone through a lot and now wants to retire happy.

“But if he loses - you just don’t know whether he’d get fired up again and have another go. He isn’t the type to take losing lightly.” Hamilton will claim the Londsdale belt out right, if he wins.

Woodhouse, former manager of Sheffield FC, has recently taken over the reins at Goole FC.

Meanwhile, trainer Glyn Rhodes says Jez Wilson is preparing for the biggest fight of his career.

The Crosspool firefighter faces John Ryder in a British Middleweight title eliminator on April 5 at York Hall, Bethnal Green.

Islington’s Ryder stages his second attempt on the Lonsdale belt after he lost a tight decision to Billy Joe Saunders for the British and Commonwealth crowns in September, while Central Area champ Wilson is lining up his first shot at the coveted prize.

Rhodes said: “This is a great opportunity for Jez. I have said before how avoided a fighter he has been over the years, he has had around 15 fights cancelled. But he is definitely a fighter of British title quality and I can see him winning and then having a crack at the champion (Billy Joe Saunders.)”