Entertaining light-welterweight fighter Curtis Woodhouse said his farewell to the sport on Thursday prompting some of the top British names to pay tribute to the one-time Premier League footballer.
Switching sports in 2006 to live his dream of becoming a boxer, the 34 year-old carved out a successful domestic career, culminating in his defining night against Darren Hamilton in February 2014.
Woodhouse claimed his beloved Lonsdale Belt following a mammoth effort at the Ice Arena in Hull, fulfilling a promise to his sick father that he would one day be able to call himself the Champion of Britain.
At the time of his ultimate triumph, Woodhouse announced that he would be stepping away from the sport, although the lure of claiming another title against Willie Limond was too much to pass up for the Yorkshireman. Challenging for the Commonwealth title in a two-belt battle in Glasgow last month, Woodhouse just came up short in losing for the seventh time in his career and bows out with a 22-7 record with his head firmly held high.
Great friend and promoter David Coldwell led the tributes upon Woodhouse making his retirement statement by emotionally saying: “Congratulations to my friend and former fighter Curtis Woodhouse on a fantastic career. Proud to have been on the best ride ever!”
Cruiserweight Tony Bellew, who is trained by Coldwell added: “You’re going to be missed my friend.”
Former football team-mate Robbie Savage also got in on the act by stating: “What a guy, what a career as a footballer and boxer and most importantly what a fantastic person.”
The man himself admitted to being unable to fight back the tears as fans and friends gave their support.
“Feel like a right wimp, in the back of a cab crying,” said Woodhouse. “Your messages have been really touching. Going to miss boxing. Best sport in the world.”
Due to his all-action style and willingness to go to war with anyone he faced, Woodhouse will be sorely missed and WBN would like to wish him all the best in whatever he decides to do next.
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