12th March 2013
Shayne Singleton claimed a controversial split decision to take Curtis Woodhouse’s English light welterweight title at Bowlers in Manchester on Friday night after an entertaining encounter that saw both boys give it their all for 10 tough rounds.
It was Woodhouse the champion who had set the fight pace and was coming forward with spite, in defence of the boxing title he held with pride. Woodhouse win, lose or draw is never in a dull fight and comes to lay it all on the line every time, but his efforts to retain the strap were in vain and Singleton was rewarded for his boxing over the champions aggression.
Woodhouse did land some big shots during the fight and at times Singleton had to bite down on the gumshield and get through some troubled moments, but he always kept this composure and bravely fought off the marauding champion the best he could from behind a good jab.
Singleton had to endure cuts beneath both eyes and facial swelling as a result of Woodhouses digs. But Singleton withstood everything the 32-year-old former professional football player had to offer.
Judge Phil Edwards scored the “War of the Rose” showdown 96-94 in Singleton’s favour, Dave Parris opted the other way going for Woodhouse while the third ref Steve Gray’s card deciding the outcome with a score of 96-95 to Singleton.
A last round point deduction for Woodhouse after hitting on the break, proved costly and in the end was the difference in a fight that needs to happen again.
Most people who watched the fight had Woodhouse a comfortable winner. It wasn’t that comfortable a win, but the champion did deserve to hang onto his title with a determined display and was unlucky to leave Manchester without his strap.
Despite talk of a rematch, Woodhouse, “Like to thank everybody for the support over the last six years. I’ve been part of a great sport, thank you. Also thanks to the boxing world for showing me love.
“I’ve loved your sport my whole life and I hope I’ve given you some good nights. Even though I never reached my goal of British champion I gave it my all, no regrets, Adios boxing. Congrats to @shaynethepain. I hope you have success and great things in your career.”