Woodhouse pursues his title dream

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Former Sheffield United footballer turned boxer Curtis Woodhouse gets back in the ring this weekend, his dream of becoming British champion still alive.

A defeat in London last October to Peter McDonagh and the cancellation of two subsequent shows stalled his career. But on Sunday, he is back between the ropes in a Dave Coldwell show at the Magna Centre, Rotherham.

Coldwell, his manager, has an undisclosed plan for light-welterweight Woodhouse in the summer and needs his man to have a warm-up. He will get that against journeyman Jason Nesbitt on a seven-fight show (tickets 01709 720002.)

Coldwell said: “Curtis has changed training regimes (he’s now with Glyn Rhodes) and has had time to get used to that and been going at it solidly for 10 weeks.

“He needs to shed the ring rust as he has an opportunity coming up in the summer. Aside from that, we have made an offer for him to fight Alex Arthur and told Frank Warren we can make him available for Kevin Mitchell.

“He is ambitious because his two defeats (from 16 fights) were experiences he has learned from. He is still on course for a British title, he’s 75 per cent of the way towards achieving that standard. At some point we hope he boxes for that title, against the holder Ashley Theopane.”

“We have never said Curtis is going to be a world champion, but a British title is a realistic goal. It’s more than that for Curtis, of course; it’s his dream.

“Because of his football background, he started behind everybody else in boxing.He has had no amateur career. And occasionally, he is so eager to force a stoppage he loads his shots up too much.

“I think he does better, too, when he has a home crowd behind him, like he will on Sunday. But he is committed to getting as far as he can.”

Coldwell said Woodhouse could learn from the Ryan Rhodes story.

Sheffielder Rhodes has suffered four defeats in a 49-fight career, but his now about to box for the WBC world title.

The date and venue has yet to be confirmed for Rhodes, but HBO have expressed an interest in broadcasting, which makes Jalisco, Mexico the most likely venue.

Coldwell says if that is the case, that he hopes Sky TV will broadcast the event over here.

A preliminary date of June 18 has been set for the lightmiddleweight contest with unbeaten, 20-year-old Mexican Saul Alvarez.

Coldwell said: “Ryan is prepared to go wherever he has to to land this world title, it will be the biggest purse in his career, too. It shows what can be done with perseverance.”