Woodhouse set to don gloves
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Curtis Woodhouse is expected to quit football in order to embark on a boxing career.
Grimsby midfielder Curtis Woodhouse is set to quit football at the end of the season in order to embark on a professional boxing career.
The former Sheffield United captain has no previous amateur experience inside the ring, but the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) have allowed him to fight professionally from June 1.
The BBBC gave the 26-year-old a clean bill of health after subjecting him to a rigorous medical, and have given him the go-ahead to pursue his lifelong ambition.
Woodhouse made his debut for The Blades aged 17 and went on to become their youngest-ever skipper.
Once touted as a future international, Woodhouse's career stalled slightly after moving to Birmingham in 2001.
He enjoyed stints with Peterborough, Rotherham and Hull, before joining The Mariners in January.
Woodhouse has made 14 appearances for Grimsby and could still have a big future in football, but nothing is expected to stand in the way of his dream of becoming a boxing champion.