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Woodhouse Says Money Will Not Motivate More Fights

Curtis Woodhouse admits it will be hard to walk away from boxing after achieving his British title dream on Saturday night.

Woodhouse quit a lucrative career as a footballer to become a boxer and vowed to retire after challenging British champion Darren Hamilton, regardless of the result.

The 33-year-old had fallen short in previous title attempts and was written off ahead of his fight with Hamilton, but defied the odds by battling to a gruelling points triumph in Hull.

There were emotional scenes at ringside as Woodhouse dedicated the fairytale win to his late father and he confirmed his decision to hang up his gloves.

But just a few days later, Woodhouse admits it will not be easy to leave behind the sport.

"I feel at the minute it's mission accomplished. I came in the game to become British champion and now I've done it and it will be the perfect way for me to bow out," he said.

"Saying it and doing it are two completely different things and it's really hard for me at the minute to say I'm going to retire, because I'm still on such a high. But that's my aim to go out as British champion, so that's what I aim on doing.

"While my mind and my body are still buzzing it's very difficult."

Woodhouse is used to defying his doubters, having played in the Premier League, despite being told at an early age he would not become a professional footballer.

The Yorkshireman was also derided for his decision to take up boxing and is glad to prove himself in another sport.

"Like any kid, everyone wants to become a professional footballer and you get that many people telling you you're not going to make it, so it's nice to make a few people eat humble pie.

"I had the same in the boxing world, saying you've got no chance and now to stand here as British champion, it's nice."

There were rumours that Woodhouse collected a windfall after placing a £5,000 bet on himself to become British champion and he refused to rule out these claims.

"I can tell you what I've been telling everybody the same story," he said.

"That seems to be the rumour going around and like I've told you and I'll be telling everybody else, I won't be confirming or denying the rumour. It's just a rumour at the minute that seems to be flying around the world."

Woodhouse is likely to receive tempting offers to end his retirement, especially after his thrilling fight with Hamilton.

But he was only motivated by his passion for boxing and not the lure of big prize money.

"It's not about offers or financial things that people can do for me to make me carry on fighting," he said.

"I fight because I love to fight. It's nothing to do with money. I do it because it's my passion. It's all about the love of the game and it's about the glory all the time and the belts. It's not about the money."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by D-MiZe on 02-25-2014

He's sniffing around for a fight with Coyle, apparently he's coming up to light-welterweight.

Comment by TheGoodBoy on 02-25-2014

I think deep in his heart he knows this is the most he is capable of, someone mentioned a Khan fight, but that's far fetched and tbh Khan would obliterate him, as his chin is probably on par with Khans.…

Comment by LacedUp on 02-25-2014

[QUOTE=IronDanHamza;14269066]He just won 250 grand so I can understand :lol1: Great story for Curtis. So happy for him. It's amazing that as fans we criticize so many fights, but for Curtis his dream (That didn't seem realistic) was to simply…

Comment by IronDanHamza on 02-25-2014

He just won 250 grand so I can understand :lol1: Great story for Curtis. So happy for him. It's amazing that as fans we criticize so many fights, but for Curtis his dream (That didn't seem realistic) was to simply…

Comment by LacedUp on 02-25-2014

He's obviously made enough money to stay safe for the rest of his life - and in all honesty, he's not going to achieve more than he just did. The fact that he beat Hamilton, who in my opinion is…

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