Curtis looks to go on the offensive

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CURTIS Woodhouse has an iron chin and he is going to need it in his light-welterweight British title eliminator fight with Dale Miles tonight.

Miles, from Alfreton, can clearly whack. His record reads as a trail of destruction as the 27-year-old southpaw has ended nine of his 12 bouts early. He was unbeaten before suffering a cuts loss and a first career defeat to Tyrone Nurse in Prizefighter. Both Woodhouse and Coldwell believed that he was on his way to stopping Nurse, who made it to the final, in that fight anyway.

Woodhouse, aged 32, has never been stopped and has not looked close to being in grave danger. Arguably, though, Miles will be the biggest hitter that he has been in with to date.

Former Sheffield United and Rotherham United midfielder Woodhouse knows if he gets caught clean by Miles, he’ll be waking up in hospital. Coldwell still has faith in his fighter’s ability to take a shot.

Coldwell said: “Curtis has a great chin. We’ve taken him around sparring and he’s done loads with Ryan Rhodes and proven it.

“He’s not got the best defence, we all know that, but mentally he doesn’t really think about his defence much. Usually he doesn’t worry about defence, as long as he can get his shots in he doesn’t mind being hit.”

Whilst boxing fans had poured scorn on his skills earlier on in his career and brandished him as a mere gimmick rather than a contender, they now see him as a fighter in his own right. This was in part due to his win over Conisbrough’s Stefy Bull and the fact that he took Britain’s most successful ever amateur Frankie Gavin the distance.

“Curtis fights like a fan because he wants to impress the fans,” continued Coldwell. “We spoke at length about this fight and the one with Frankie and they’re the sort he wants in his career.

“It’s not just about being a champion, he’s concerned about how people remember him.”