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McCloskey vs Woodhouse Showdown Heading To April

Curtis Woodhouse has been handed a potential path to world glory after being matched with Paul McCloskey.

Former professional footballer Woodhouse (16-3 11KOs), who lost a disputed decision against Frankie Gavin for the WBO inter-continental title in 2011, had been ordered to fight Dale Miles in a British title eliminator.

However, Miles suffered an injury in last weekend's Prizefighter series, and 31-year-old Woodhouse is now looking to take on WBA ranked McCloskey, 32, in April - almost exactly a year after the Ulsterman (23-1 12KOs) was beaten by Amir Khan in a failed world title attempt.

"I'm delighted to reveal that Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing have made a great offer for Curtis to fight WBA No 6 ranked Paul McCloskey in Belfast in April - and we are ready for the challenge," said Woodhouse's promoter Dave Coldwell.

"It's an amazing opportunity for Curtis to take on a world ranked opponent, with the reality being that he was only really expecting to be able to test himself at the top of the domestic ladder.

"However, this would give Curtis the chance to get his name out there on the world scene and in beating Paul you never know what could happen ... Woodhouse could be seen in a world title challenge!

"The offer ticks all the right boxes as far as myself and Curtis are concerned. It's a career-high pay day in a high-profile televised fight - the risk versus reward makes sense ... we want the fight!

"Curtis is promotionally tied to a contract with Frank Warren Promotions so we are just waiting on permission from them to box on Eddie's show.

"But I'm sure they won't deny a man who has fought for respect from the boxing community for so long what would be the opportunity of a lifetime."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by gingeralbino on 02-17-2012

it said on ringside last night McCloskey would be fighting either chop chop Corley or Julio Diaz and there will be an all irish MW prizefighter on the undercard in April

Comment by project xxx1 on 02-14-2012

lol.....:lol1::lol1::lol1: this is a real bum fight,woodhouse lost to gavin who's a massive bum rubbish fight but else do you expect from McClownskey

Comment by STREET CLEANER on 02-14-2012

Any fight with McCloskey should not head line with Showdown. McCloskey is not an exciting fighter to watch or a power puncher This sounds like a story written by a promoter

Comment by D-MiZe on 02-14-2012

It's not a bad scrap, but I expect a good undercard. Frampton-Arthur Get O'Kane on there against a decent, durable opponent.

Comment by gingeralbino on 02-14-2012

ffs. like that'll get McCloskey on the path to another world title shot. What happened to Katsidis? Better be a ****ing great undercard

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