Curtis Woodhouse in the Ring

For the past four years, 30 year old Curtis Woodhouse has been making a name for himself in the boxing ring, But prior to his prize fighting efforts, He was more synonymous with Brammall Lane than Bethnal Green.

A professional footballer for ten years, the hardman midfielder, was used to having ten team-mates to call on, But commendably, has now has delved into one of the toughest and loneliest places in Professional sport, The boxing ring.

Curtis Woodhouse on the Pitch

Starting his career at Sheffield United, with whom he made over 100 Appearances, before moving on to Birmingham City and Hull City (among others). Where he amassed over 200 games in league football.

During his football career, He was know to sneak off for lengthy sparring sessions after training, until in 2006, admitted that he had “Fallen out of love” with the beautiful game.

With the spotlight of being a professional footballer, at a time when the game was really taking off financially and media interest was high, Curtis was involved in a couple of minor brushes with the law, and ultimately decided to turn his attention to his first love, Boxing.

Under the guidance of former British Featherweight Champion Gary De Roux, and with no previous amateur experience, Curtis turned pro in 2006 at the Grovener House Hotel in London in a welterweight contest against Dean Marcantonio.
Having shed two stone since his football days, Curtis had his opponent down twice in the last round and comfortably won on points.

Since then Curtis, after swtiching camps to David Coldwell (whilst also playing non-league football) has fought 12 times, knocking out 8 of those twelve and only losing once in a controversial decision to Jay Morris at the Ulster Hall, Northern Ireland.

Football to Fighting

Ten months later, that defeat was brutally avenged in a three round demolition on home soil at the Magna Centre in Rotherham, meaning Curtis has defeated every man he has stepped into the ring with.

Moving down to light-welterweight, and with titles in the pipeline, Curtis now faces 25 year-old unbeaten prospect Rick Godding, and if all goes well, a shot at a British/Commonwealth Championship cant be far away.

Godding, from Bolton has 11 victories, but noticeably no knockouts on his record and Woodhouse will no doubt be confident of adding to his unblemished record.

Curtis Woodhouse v Rick Godding takes place July 2nd at the Doncaster Dome.

Written by Phil D. Jay for
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