Former Blade Curtis gets ready for a Hull of a battle

A fourth round knockout put paid to Curtis Woodhouse’s hopes of landing the Commonwealth lightweight title.

But if boxing rivals think that has dented his confidence: think again.

Derry Mathews (right) and Curtis Woodhouse in action during the Commonwealth Lightweight Title bout at Liverpool Olympia

Derry Mathews (right) and Curtis Woodhouse in action during the Commonwealth Lightweight Title bout at Liverpool Olympia

Sparring partner Ross Burkinshaw thinks the former Sheffield United footballer-turned-fighter will emerge stronger, from September’s defat to Derry Mathews in Liverpool.

Woodhouse boxes in Hull, tomorrow, against 23-year-old Sussex-born Lewis van Poetsch.

Burkinshaw said his gym partner “got beat but he didn’t get beat up” in the recent televised match up, which took the former midfielder’s record to won 19 (KO 13) lost 6 (KO 2.)

“He took one big shot and that was it. He told me that the day after he woke up and he was fresh straight from it and wanted to get straight back in there.”

Burkinshaw, a bantamweight, says Woodhouse is a supremely-fit athlete.

“These last weeks I have been doing some good sparring with him. I wouldn’t like to be his opponent, because he is sharp.

“He has improved since last time I sparred with him a few years ago; he has come on a lot, he is doing really well

“Obviously, you can’t go on the last fight, everybody gets beat, it is how you come back from it and how determined he is.”

Burkinshaw said he did not think a dual role as an assistant manager at Goole would interrupt Woodhouse’s boxing schedule - like it did when he was Sheffield FC manager.

“He is assistant manager now so there’s not as much pressure, and it (the ground) is only 10 miles from his house” (Driffield, East Yorks.)

Tomorrow’s card at Hull Arena is an interesting one.

It features Sheffield’s Richard Towers in a heavyweight Commonwealth title eliminator with Aussie warrior Lucas Browne.

Towers has been out of the limelight for a while. He said: “People are overlooking me, but they don’t understand boxing” he said.

“I’ve had a lot of criticism since my last (Gregory Tony) fight, but I’m not in boxing to just keep fans happy, I’m in boxing to provide a solid future to my family. You could say Lucas is the favourite. He’s got a better record than me and he’s got more knockouts, but he’s not stupid and he won’t be underestimate me. He knows I’m coming to have a fight.

“I’ve been waiting for this for a long time and things have happened, but now it’s come to the point where we’re going to meet and I can’t wait.”

Sheffield’s Dean Walker (57 fights) takes on debutant Keiron Harding.