CURTIS Woodhouse is not at the end of his boxing journey yet but to get to an English title shot should be considered as an achievement in itself.
Light-welterweight Woodhouse turned professional on a low key show in London bac in 2006 with most branding him a gimmick for turning his back on football.
Nineteen fights later and he’s got the experience of fighting in packed arenas, against a former amateur world champion and proved that he’s tough enough to have bounced back from three defeats.
At Rotherham’s Magna Centre this Friday night, Woodhouse, now manager of Sheffield FC, gets to claim his first well regarded title against Derby’s Dave Ryan and he’ll have to do it after suffering his first stoppage loss at the same venue against Dale Miles last time out.
Proving the doubters wrong and working towards his dream British title is what still spurs on the 32-year-old.
Woodhouse said: “I’m proud of my progress so far and I’ve got to the position that I’m in because of hard work.
“People writing you off goes with the territory and it’s water off a duck’s back if I’m being honest.
“They told me that I wasn’t going to make it as a footballer when I was 12. Then I wouldn’t make it as a successful boxer or a footballer manager.
“Well I played at the highest level and we’re in the top three in the league and now I’ve got the chance to become the boxing champion of the country. I’m not doing bad for a no-hoper.”