Big night for Sheffield United’s favourite boxer

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Curtis Woodhouse wants to join the select group of boxers to have beaten veteran Scotsman Willie Limond.

The pair contest the Commonwealth and British titles in Glasgow tomorrow.

Curtis Woodhouse in action

Curtis Woodhouse in action

And Woodhouse’s trainer Ryan Rhodes is under no illusion about the task ahead.

Referring to the 35-year-old Glasgwegian’s Won 37 Lost 4 record he said: “He’s only been beaten by the best.

“Erik Morales, 2010, Alex Arthur, (2003) Amir Khan, (2007) Anthony Crolla (2011) they are no mugs, he has been beaten by top, top fighters there. Curtis knows that and I think that’s why he has got the bit between his teeth.”

Rhodes said Woodhouse wants to be recognised amongst that elite group.

“Curtis knows he has got to be on his best game, in this fight, he can’t afford any slip-ups.”

Morales stopped Limond by downing him three times with body shots in round six in Mexico City and it seems that will be an area the former Sheffield United footballer will visit tomorrow.

Rhodes said: “Willie is 35, and when you are that age and you get caught with some good body shots it affects you.

“We have all been studying tapes and I think body shots will be a big factor in the fight.”

The fact that Woodhouse, 34, will have to perform in front of a vociferous home crowd at Braehead Arena only spurs the visiting fighter on,

“Curtis is thriving on that, to be fair. He can’t wait to go out there and be booed and heckled by all the Scots. He loves being the underdog, in the lion’s den” said Rhodes, who admits that Limond may be the smarter boxer of the two.

“When it comes to power, speed and strength I would definitely put my money on Curtis. In last year he has improved so much, “He is listening and sticking to game plans. I predict he will grind him down, wear him down and stop him late on.”

*Crosspool’s Jez Wilson has been medically cleared to face Chris Eubank Jr in Manchester on July 26.

*Kid Galahad faces a yet to be named opponent at Ponds Forge, Sheffield, on September 20.

*Amir Khan has agreed that a potential showdown with Kell Brook could grow to a rivalry similar to that between Carl Froch and George Groves.

Khan told the Toe 2 Toe podcast: “It can definitely. We want to get the whole audience involved and watching the fights, it’s looking good for boxing. The numbers are getting bigger and bigger.

“We’re not friends but we’ve sparred each other. He says he got the better of me, but I know I got the better of him and he knows that deep down, but he still won’t admit it.”