Curtis defiant after split decision defeat

Frankie Gavin (right) in action against Curtis Woodhouse during the WBO Intercontinental Welterweight Championship bout at the Liverpool Echo Arena, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 16, 2011. See PA story BOXING Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Frankie Gavin (right) in action against Curtis Woodhouse during the WBO Intercontinental Welterweight Championship bout at the Liverpool Echo Arena, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 16, 2011. See PA story BOXING Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

CURTIS WOODHOUSE insists that his dream British title is now a step closer, despite losing to Frankie Gavin last weekend.

The former Blade turned light-welterweight put in a gutsy performance in Liverpool, and only lost by split decision to the highly-rated Gavin over twelve rounds.

The only thing Curtis lost on the night was the fight.

He earned the respect of his opponent Gavin and his trainer Anthony Farnell, as well as a boxing audience who had written him off from the very beginning.

Proving he could mix it with the former world amateur champion will boost his chances of one day fighting for the coveted Lonsdale belt.

“My ego is hurt but I’ll be back,” insisted Woodhouse.

“Hopefully Frank Warren (his promoter) can get me something else now. The dream’s still alive for that British title that I said I wanted right from the very start.

“I’m a lot of things but I’m not a quitter and I’m going to stick with it. Hopefully I proved to all the doubters that I could fight with the big boys.”

The plaudits for Woodhouse’s performance came from both sides.

Manager David Coldwell said: “I’m so, so proud of him. He’s not bad for a gimmick footballer is he?

“I think Curtis was running out of steam a bit towards the end but he’s done himself so proud.”

Gavin’s trainer Farnell added: “Curtis was absolutely brilliant. There’s no way I expected him to perform like he did and he made me a worried man at times.”

Current British champion at light-welterweight, Ashley Theophane, defends his title against Jason Cook this weekend.