John Fewkes - a Sheffield Wednesday fan - will be going all out revenge for a former Sheffield United player a week tomorrow!
‘Fireball’ Fewkes is taking on Dale Miles - the Mansfield man who KO’d footballer-turned-boxer Curtis Woodhouse 12 months ago.
Miles had Woodhouse down in the fifth in the British light-welterweight title eliminator at the Magna Centre. But he has lost twice since that victory and Fewkes wants to make it three.
Fewkes said Woodhouse was a friend despite tribal footballing differences. “Forget Wednesday-United, Curtis is a good lad and a good fighter. I was genuinely gutted for him. But he said a nice little phrase to me: ‘Skills pay the bills.’ So that’s all I am going to do on July 6.”
Of the battle between Miles and Woodhouse, Fewkes said: “Curtis was boxing well until Curtis did what he loves to do, he loves to have a fight. He has a big heart, he is a warrior. He stood there and just got hit with a shot what would have knocked a tree down. And I am hoping not to stand there long enough to get hit with that shot.”
Fewkes recognises Miles as a dangerous foe. “He was ranked ninth at light welterweight when he boxed for his British title eliminator. He’s a big puncher, southpaw, aggressive. It is going to be a good test, but I am getting myself in tremendous shape. I am going to be super-fit. I just know if I get myself right, that I am going to beat him.”
Fewkes said a two and a half year break from the sport made him realise what he had missed. He conceded he would be further advanced if he’d have carried on.
But he believes a win at Doncaster Dome a week tomorrow will help propel him up the rankings.