History in the making for ‘boxing footballer’

Curtis Woodhouse  and Dave Coldwell
Curtis Woodhouse and Dave Coldwell

Promoter Dave Coldwell claims former Sheffield United footballer-turned-boxer Curtis Woodhouse is about to take part in one of “the great British battles” of all time.

Woodhouse, 33, has landed a crack at the Commonwealth title secured by scouser Derry Mathews earlier this month.

Mathews, 29, will defend the strap at the Olympia, Liverpool, on September 21. And Coldwell said it will be a ruthless, spine-tingling event, broadcast by Sky TV.

“Curtis’ story is a unique one” said the Rotherham promoter. “Everybody thought he was a gimmick when he started boxing. Lots said he wouldn’t make it. He had some set backs (W19 L5) but look how far he has come - he has a very good chance of winning a hugely-respected title. It’s a belt that the likes of Jamie McDonnell and Jamie Moore have won.”

The 12-rounder will not be for the faint-hearted, said Coldwell. “Derry has been in three Fights of the Year and seems to be in a war every time he fights. Curtis is similar in style. They both love a tear-up and are going to give British fans what they want.”

Coldwell is also looking forward to Rotherham boxer’s Nav Mansouri’s English light middleweight defence against Mark Thompson at Ponds Forge on October 4.