Curtis left in the dark after southpaw switch

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MONTHS of fine-tuning may have been wasted but Curtis Woodhouse will still fight tonight.

The light-welterweight, who took Frankie Gavin, Britain’s only ever world amateur champion, to a split decision will now face another opponent in Clydebank’s Gary McArthur (W16 L2) at Rotherham’s Magna centre after former European champion Jason Cook pulled out of their fight on Thursday with “a medical query”.

Woodhouse had been promised a shot at either the British champ Ashley Theophane or Commonwealth title holder Lee McAllister should he have beaten Cook and manager Dave Coldwell confirmed that’s still a possibility if he beats the lower-ranked Scotsman.

Woodhouse said: “My head’s fried at the minute; I’m in for an entirely different proposition in McArthur. It’s still a very tough fight. I’ve prepared for a come-forward aggressive fighter in Cook and now I’ve got a 6ft southpaw to contend with. I was offered him after a 10-week training camp so I wasn’t going to turn it down. I’m in the dark but I can draw on my experience fighting Stefy Bull and Gavin. I prepared heavily with southpaws then so it’s nothing new to me.

“Fair play to McArthur for taking the fight at short notice. He must be in good shape and be confident of beating me.”

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