Boxing - Woodhouse sells it well, says Hamilton

Despite being ‘an excellent salesman’, Driffield troll hunter Curtis Woodhouse won’t be taking the British light welterweight title home on February 22, says champion Darren Hamilton.

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Hamilton can claim the Lord Lonsdale belt outright with victory at the Hull Ice Arena. The Bristolian has been in top form over the last two years, claiming wins against Ashley Theophane, Stevie Williams and Adil Anwar in his last three outings.

Woodhouse fights for the British title for the first time in his career after holding the English title at light welterweight before a controversial loss to Shayne Singleton in March last year.

“Curtis is an excellent salesman,” said Hamilton. “After he loses he can go off and be a great salesman, and he has sold the fight well. He believes he is going to win, and believes the things he is saying are real.

“There are two fighters in that ring and one of them has a game plan; and the other goes in there to just try his best. In Hull you will see the game plan and the difference with the person who is just going to go in and try his best.

“I have to put Woodhouse in the same calibre of my other opponents. He has boxed two of the fighters I have boxed before [Peter McDonagh and Dave Ryan] so I have to put him in the mix. Once upon a time he was in the top ten but since the Derry Mathews performance he has dropped a bit further down, but I have to put him in contention as a contender who can mix it in the top ten.”

The Hull Ice Arena card sees Olympic Gold medalist Luke Campbell MBE step up to eight rounds against Scott Moises. Fellow Hull fighter Tommy Coyle defends his IBF International lightweight title against Daniel Brizuela, while Doncaster’s Gavin McDonnell faces Leigh Wood for the vacant British super bantamweight title.

Local prospects in action include Zak Collins, Joel Haigh and Charlie Payton,  and there’s four-rounders for Manchester’s Hosea Burton and New Malden’s Lerrone Richards. Scouse super middle Tony Dodson warms up for a possible Commonwealth title shot against Rocky Fielding.

Limited tickets remain on sale priced £30, £40, £60 and £120 for VIPs and are available from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 and at www.matchroomboxing.com

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