Owls’ fan is fighting for the honour of Blades friend!

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John Fewkes - a Sheffield Wednesday fan - will be going all out revenge for a former Sheffield United player a week tomorrow!

‘Fireball’ Fewkes is taking on Dale Miles - the Mansfield man who KO’d footballer-turned-boxer Curtis Woodhouse 12 months ago.

John Fewkes, right, with Curis Woodhouse, left, with trainer Glyn Rhodes in the middle.

John Fewkes, right, with Curis Woodhouse, left, with trainer Glyn Rhodes in the middle.

Miles had Woodhouse down in the fifth in the British light-welterweight title eliminator at the Magna Centre. But he has lost twice since that victory and Fewkes wants to make it three.

Fewkes said Woodhouse was a friend despite tribal footballing differences. “Forget Wednesday-United, Curtis is a good lad and a good fighter. I was genuinely gutted for him. But he said a nice little phrase to me: ‘Skills pay the bills.’ So that’s all I am going to do on July 6.”

Of the battle between Miles and Woodhouse, Fewkes said: “Curtis was boxing well until Curtis did what he loves to do, he loves to have a fight. He has a big heart, he is a warrior. He stood there and just got hit with a shot what would have knocked a tree down. And I am hoping not to stand there long enough to get hit with that shot.”

Fewkes recognises Miles as a dangerous foe. “He was ranked ninth at light welterweight when he boxed for his British title eliminator. He’s a big puncher, southpaw, aggressive. It is going to be a good test, but I am getting myself in tremendous shape. I am going to be super-fit. I just know if I get myself right, that I am going to beat him.”

Fewkes said a two and a half year break from the sport made him realise what he had missed. He conceded he would be further advanced if he’d have carried on.

But he believes a win at Doncaster Dome a week tomorrow will help propel him up the rankings.