THE prospect of fighting a southpaw is likely to strike fear into a lot of boxers, but not Curtis Woodhouse.
The light-welterweight faces powerful left-hander Dale Miles on Friday night at Rotherham’s Magna Centre in a British title eliminator.
Miles, from Alfreton, is classed as more of a banger than a boxer, but Woodhouse is well schooled in facing southpaws. The former Sheffield United and Rotherham United midfielder has performed well against his last two opponents who have all led with the right hand.
A major underdog for his clash with former amateur world champion Frankie Gavin last year, Woodhouse battled heroically and won on one of the three scoring judge’s scorecards.
In his last outing with Gary McArthur, Woodhouse dominated all the sessions against the Scotsman, who is renowned for being a tricky puncher. Woodhouse forced him to retire on his stool.
Woodhouse, the manager of Sheffield FC, also has wins over Conisbrough’s Stefy Bull and Maurycy Gojko and has sparred on numerous occasions with Sheffield southpaw Ryan Rhodes.
“We both can punch hard, so if either of us lands with any real power then it could be curtains,” said Woodhouse, aged 32. “I never entered boxing to fail and this fight means everything to me.”
Woodhouse has recently agreed a three-year promotional deal with Coldwell Boxing and is now training at St. Paul’s gym alongside Doncaster-born bantamweight prospect Jason Cunningham.
Dave Coldwell, Woodhouse’s manager, former trainer and head of Coldwell Boxing, said: “We’re not looking past Dale [Miles] and I expect their fight to be a good old-fashioned dust-up – maybe a fight of the year contender. But if Curtis wins this, the sky’s the limit; TV will love him.”
Woodhouse headlines the ‘Real Steel’ bill. Rotherham’s Nav Mansouri, who recently sparred with WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi, is on the undercard.