Curtis Woodhouse hangs up his boxing gloves

Curtis Woodhouse

Bridlington Town manager Curtis Woodhouse has announced he has retired from professional boxing.

Woodhouse, who swapped the football pitch for the boxing ring, won the English light-welterweight title in 2012 and the British title two years later.

After a football career which saw him play for Sheffield United, Birmingham City, Hull City and England under 21s, he turned his attention to boxing and fought for the Commonwealth belt in 2014.

He retired after losing that fight, but was drawn back to the sport last year and shed around six stones to get back to his fighting weight.

He won two contests but a third against John-Wayne Hibbert was cancelled when fellow boxer Scott Westgarth died in a fight on the undercard at Doncaster.

That prompted Woodhouse to public question his future in the ring and last night he Tweeted: "Last night I officially retired for good from professional boxing.

"First time I retired I wasn’t ready, this time I am.

"Blessed to have played my part in this fantastic sport. I’ll miss you all."

Woodhouse was appointed Bridlington Town manager in 2016 and has recently opened a gym in home town of Driffield.

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