Boxing: Ex Sheffield United star’s dream comes true

Just champion: Curtis Woodhouse
Just champion: Curtis Woodhouse

Former Sheffield United footballer Curtis Woodhouse has retired from boxing after achieving his dream to win the British light-welterweight title.

He did so in a see-saw win over defending title holder Darren Hamilton.

Gavin McDonnell. Picture: Ian Lyall

Gavin McDonnell. Picture: Ian Lyall

The 33-year-old celebrated a split decision at the Hull Ice Arena.

“I want to bow out as a champion,” Woodhouse said.

Woodhouse, who quit full-time football in 2006 to become a fighter but now manages Goole FC too, was underdog against Bristol-born Hamilton.

But, after months of training with former European champion Ryan Rhodes, Woodhouse boxed his way to glory.

Woodhouse improved his record to 22 wins from 28 fights as he lifted the Lonsdale belt.

It was a similarly spectacular night for Doncaster’s Gavin McDonnell who won the British super-bantamweight title with a sixth-round stoppage of Leigh Wood.

McDonnell, 27, seemed to have struggled until a sixth-round sustained attack forced the ref to wade in.

London Olympic champion Luke Campbell maintained his perfect professional record with an eighth-round stoppage of Scott Moises.

The 26-year-old lightweight was hardly troubled, in his first eight-round contest, before landing the finishing blows against a determined rival in the final round.

A heavy body shot eventually put Moises to the canvas and while he stood up to resume, Campbell quickly moved in again to prompt the referee to intervene.

Campbell has now won all five of his fights since turning pro.

“All credit to Scott Moises he’s very tough. It was a tricky fight,” Campbell told Sky Sports 2.

“It was his tactic to try and frustrate me, but I stuck to my shots. I got there in the end.”

Read Liam Hoden’s account in Monday’s Star