Curtis can’t wait for title showdown

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CURTIS Woodhouse is counting down the days until his title shot against long-term foe Frankie Gavin next month.

Ex-Sheffield United midfielder Woodhouse will fight former world amateur champion Gavin for the WBO Inter-Continental title at Liverpool on July 16.

The fight will be the second time Woodhouse and Gavin have been lined up – they were due to meet last year, but Woodhouse broke his hand when beating Doncaster’s Stefy Bull. A verbal spat ensued after that fight, between Woodhouse and a ringside Gavin.

“Gavin and I don’t get along,” Woodhouse said. “It’s going to be one hell of a tough fight, no doubt about it, but Gavin is only human and this is boxing. Anything can happen and it’s a big chance for me – I can’t wait. He who dares wins.”

Coldwell, who admits that there is “bad blood” between former Birmingham midfielder Woodhouse and Blues fan Gavin, has first-hand experience of managing grudge matches after helping George Groves beat long-term adversary James DeGale. “After five years of hating each other, we had to keep George’s emotions in check so he didn’t see red mist and flail away uselessly. If he had gone in there like a lunatic and let his emotions take over, then it could have been a different story.

“It depends on the individual, but Curtis likes to get juiced up before a fight – that’s what he’s all about.

“Frankie Gavin is a massive talent; we’re under no illusions, Curtis is underdog but is preparing right for this fight, and it’ll be a case of skills v brawn.”