Question Time: Clinton Woods

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Clinton Woods, aged 41, is the former light heavyweight world champion boxer. He lives in Ridgeway with his wife and two children. He has a successful amateur gym in Westfield, Sheffield but has little time these days for the professional game.

What have you been doing today?

I took my kids to school and then I went to a meeting. I am planning to extend my gym because of the amount of people training there.

Who is your inspiration and why?

I didn’t have anyone who I looked at that was an inspiration.

Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?

I loved the boxing era of Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran. I loved them all.

What’s your favourite other sport?

I used to go fishing a lot.

When was the last time you cried?

When I lost the title (on points to Antonio Tarver, Florida, USA, 2008 (see pic below)

Who or what are you most proud of?

I’m proud of my kids, like any other parent, but also the way I turned my life around through boxing.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

When I was a carpet fitter, I got told ‘measure twice, cut once’.

When did you know you were good at what you do?

I was a good amateur boxer but stopped when I was 15. I then went back six years later and it all came back to me.

What one item do you take with you wherever you go?

My true murder books.

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

My first fight as a professional (the then Pinegrove Country Club, Stannington, in 1994.)

Do you ever doubt yourself?

Yes, I always doubted myself when I was in the ring; that’s why I never cheated at training because I always thought I wasn’t as good as my opponents. No one knew that.

What is your view on social networks like twitter and Facebook?

I’m not going to lie, I use Facebook a lot. I like using it but you can get abused.

How do you relax away from sport?

I spend time with my wife and kids. They are my life.

Where was your last holiday - and would you go again?

I went to Madrid on my last holiday and I would go again. It’s where my wife originates from.

Do you cook? If so what’s your favourite - if not who provides that favourite meal?

I don’t cook. I hate it. My favourite meal is fish and chips with mushy peas, served by the seaside.

What was the last book you read?

Dennis Nilsen’s True Murder books.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?

Probably working for myself as a plasterer.

Tell our readers in your own words why you think we’re interested enough to interview you?

Because this skinny Sheffield kid went into the hardest sport in the world and won everything and has still always kept his feet firmly on the ground.

Favourite TV programmes - and why?

Storage Hunters, Bargain Hunt and Flog It.

I don’t know why I like them. I just do.

Tell me a secret about yourself.

I’ve got an IQ of 197.

What sort of role did your parents play in making you a world champion?

If they hadn’t bought me a pair of boxing gloves at Christmas when I was seven years old, maybe boxing wouldn’t have been my sport.