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Curtis Woodhouse wins British title and then confirms his retirement

Ex-professional footballers turned boxer Curtis Woodhouse has won the British light-welterweight belt after defeating Darren Hamilton last night. The 33 year old former Sheffield United and Birmingham City player won on a split decision at Hull’s Ice Arena and then told Sky Sports: “I want to bow out as a champion.”

Woodhouse, who quit football in 2006 to concentrate on his boxing career, went into the match as the underdog but the bout was far closer than experts predicted. Hull born Woodhouse, who had the crowd’s support throughout the bout, grew in confidence as his jab hit home. In capturing the Lonsdale belt, Woodhouse improved his record to 22 wins from 28.

After the bout Woodhouse said: “There is a rumour going around that I had a £5,000 bet on myself to win the British title at 50-1," said Woodhouse. "I can neither confirm or deny these rumours but the drinks are on me. I have fought some really good guys but that was the hardest fight of my life.”

Also on the card in Hull, Gavin McDonnell took the British super-bantamweight title in the sixth round of his fight with Leigh Wood. McDonnell was trailing on the judges’ scores but he took the title after upping his efforts in the sixth round. His onslaught took Wood by surprise and forced the referee to stop the fight. Both men were unbeaten in 11 matches before the bout, but McDonnell came out on top to take the vacant title.

Olympic champion Luke Campbell was also boxing on the card. He stopped Scott Moises in the eighth round to win his fifth professional bout. The 26 year old took bantamweight gold during London 2012 and turned pro the following year, winning his first bout against Andy Harris at Craven Park in his hometown of Hull.

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