Ex Sheffield United footballer can be twin fight champ

Curtis Woodhouse shows off his Lonsdale belt at his beloved Bramall Lane.
Curtis Woodhouse shows off his Lonsdale belt at his beloved Bramall Lane.

Promoter Dave Coldwell believes Curtis Woodhouse’s vicious body shots will drive him to become a double-champion.

The former Sheffield United footballer, 34, is currently British champion at light welterweight.

And if he upsets the odds and beats Scotsman Willie Lomond in Glasgow a week on Friday, he will be able to add the Commonwealth trinket to his trophy cabinet.

Woodhouse (W22 L6) ‘retired’ after gaining the Lonsdale belt in February, but then changed his mind.

Coldwell said: “The only reason that Curtis would carry on in this sport is for a big challenge, on that would inspire him.

“He couldn’t ‘get up’ for a just an up-and-coming fighter, he just wants to battle for another title and see how far he can push it.

“To be British champion was huge but to be a double champion adding the Commonweatlth title would be an extraordinary achievement.”

Lomond, who has (W37, L4 is the reigning Commonwealth champ, and has successfully defended it once.

Coldwell says: “Everybody seems to be seeing this as a 50-50 fight but after watching Curtis up close I think he is going to grind him down. I can see him stopping him.

“There is no doubt Lomond has got the better track record.

“But this is about timing - and it is the right fight at the right time for Curtis. I can really see him doing a job on him, with body shots” he said.

“Over the last 18 months ago, Curtis has developed into a better all-round fighter.

“He also has the experience of being a champion, he has proved to himself he can do it and is in a much better place mentally for that.

“He has learned from all his previous fights, it is all coming together for him.”

Lomond, who has boxed the likes of Erik Morales, Amir Khan and Anthony Crolla hasn’t fought for 12 months.

The game Glaswegian has been professional since 1999.