The lengthy highlight reel
of Driffield's Curtis Woodhouse received further footage on Friday
evening as the former Birmingham City midfielder produced a gutsy
display to capture the vacant English 10st title following a tight
points decision over Derby's equally game, Dave Ryan.
The terrific tussle at
Rotherham's well-attended Magna Centre delivered Woodhouse his
first professional gong since hanging up his football boots and it
was the ideal reward following ten rounds of quality
The action began
ferociously, and it was Ryan who made the better start as he
dominated the opening stanza with accurate aggression. The
following two sessions had a similar aura to the inaugural round
but a quality left hand equaliser from Woodhouse halfway through
round three had Ryan on the floor and despite surviving a
nine-count from third man, John Keane, the moment provided
Woodhouse with the impetus to push on as Ryan's confidence received
a huge dent.
The remainder of the battle
was fought at close quarters but every argument that occurred was
ended by Woodhouse who finished every flurry with a left hook that
Ryan just couldn't avoid. It was the middle chapters of the fight
that were dominated most by Woodhouse but a disastrous final round
had fans on their feet as Ryan pushed forward at every opportunity
in what was a carbon copy of the fight's opener.
Woodhouse weathered the
storm by holding onto Ryan every time the East Midlands got close
but he couldn't avoid every attack and Ryan's heavy shots made
portions of Woodhouse's support anxious as they screamed
desperately for their man to hold on. With the final bell sounding,
it was down to the judges to decide the victor and it was Woodhouse
who got the nod via scores of 96-94, 95-94, and 95-95. Promoter
Dave Coldwell failed to hide his delight for his man and was quick
to indicate where Woodhouse's sight will now be fixed.
"We want the British title
for Curtis," demanded Coldwell immediately after. "The English
title is a quality belt for Curtis but mark my words, this is just
the beginning for Curtis Woodhouse. We're going to let him enjoy
this victory because he's been working so hard in the gym and this
is his second really tough fight in the space of just a few
division in Britain is really wide open at the moment and there
doesn't seem to be anyone who is standing out more than others.
Curtis is right in the middle of that mix and I'll be working hard
to get him further opportunities down the line."
Coldwell was also quick to
thank the continued support he receives for his shows. "The crowd
in here tonight was superb and you can ask any of them whether they
were treated to a high quality main event tonight.
"In Curtis Woodhouse, we've
got a domestic title holder who is always in excellent fights and I
feel genuinely sorry for the people who aren't able to watch him.
It's good to see the proper boxing fans continually asking about TV
deals and we're confident that day will come but for now, we'll
just keep plugging away and making the fights that fans want to
In undercard results, Jamie
Hughes and Rod Smith had things far too easy on their professional
debuts as both enjoyed first round victories. Hughes power was too
much for Joe Jones, whilst Jerome Samuels was floored twice by the
relentless Smith. Maxi Hughes was another victor as he raced to a
routine win over Ibrar Riyaz.
Curtis Woodhouse bt Dave
Maxi Hughes bt Ibrar Riyaz
Jamie Hughes bt Joe Jones
Rod Smith bt Jerome Samuel
Karl Bell bt Zahid Kahit
Leigh Wood bt Chuck Jones
Joe Rodgers bt Sid Razak
Jason Cunningham bt Delroy