Curtis Woodhouse sticking to boxing retirement plan after British title triumph
Curtis Woodhouse admits it will be hard to walk away from boxing after achieving his British title dream.
Last Updated: 24/02/14 6:29pm
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 is only motivated by his passion for boxing and not the lure of a big payday.
"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."