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25 MAY 2018

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Woodhouse Crowned British Champ. Coyle Wins A Thriller

Former professional soccer player Curtis Woodhouse created history at the Hull Ice Arena in Northern England by scoring a split 12 round decision points win over Darren Hamilton to win the British light welterweight title.


Despite winning his first major title Woodhouse conformed that he will now retire from the sport.


After 12 exciting rounds two of the judges gave Woodhouse the verdict by scores of 116-115 and 116-114, while the third official scored it 116-113 for Hamilton.


Speaking to Sky Sports after his historic win Woodhouse, who 22-6, said: "When I was 10 years old, they told me I can’t be a footballer, everyone laughed at me.


"When I said I was going to be a professional boxer, everyone laughed at me again. I had the audacity to say I was going to be a British champion, I honestly can’t believe this has happened."


Speaking his retirement Woodhouse added: "How can I ever top what has happened tonight, this will never get better for me. I wanted to bow out as champion and aim to stick to that.


"There’s a rumour going around - that I can neither confirm or deny - I had a £5,000 bet on myself to win the British title at 50/1. The drinks are on me baby!"


Hamilton, 14-3, was complementary in defeat saying: "It could have gone either way. It was a close fight. As the champion I should have dominated a lot more."


On the same Matchroom promoted card Tommy Coyle and opponent Daniel Brizuela hit the canvas FOUR times each before Coyle retained his IBF international lightweight title.


As one can imagine it was a real barnstormer. Coyle showed tremendous heart in surviving the knockdowns in the second, twice in the sixth and again in the 11th round before the fight was stopped after 1.07 of the 12th and final round.


Brizuela was down once in the eighth, twice in the 11th and once in the 12th. Coyle had one point deducted in the eighth for a low blow and one point deducted in the 11th for hitting on the break. Brizuela ended the fight with a cut above the left eye and was himself a point deducted in the ninth for a low blow. Referee Steve Gray certainly earned his money tonight.


Gavin McDonnell, the twin brother of former IBF bantamweight champ Jamie McDonnell, claimed the British super-bantamweight title with an exciting sixth round stoppage win over Leigh Wood.


McDonnell was falling behind in the fight despite scoring a first round knockdown(looked more like a slip)  until  he unleashed a sustained well timed and punch perfect attack after 2.03 of the sixth-round to force the stoppage.


McDonnell, 11-0-(4), was cut above the left eye in the second round.


Olympic Gold medalist Luke Campbell scored an eighth round stoppage win over Scott Moises. Campbell, who scored his fifth straight win, but was made to work hard before gradually wore down Moises before stopping him in the eighth and final round.


Campbell caught his opponent a number of times, especially in the second and fourthsixth and seventh rounds but gritty Moises stood firm until being rescued in the eighth round.


"He was very tricky, tough and hard to pin down, to land a clean shot. It was a tricky fight, but I just stuck to my shots nicely and didn’t rush in. I got him there in the end," said Campbell after the fight.


Other results

lightweight Joel Haigh drew 6 Andy Harris
welterweight Laszlo Fazekas w pts 6 Zak Collins
light welterweight Charlie Payton w pts 4 Kristian Laight
super middleweight Tony Dodson w pts 4 Jody Meikle
super middleweight Lerrone Richards w pts 4 Mark Till
light heavyweight Hosea Burton w pts 4 Moses Matovu

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