Paul McCloskey is looking to make a fight with Curtis Woodhouse. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Former professional footballer Curtis Woodhouse has been handed a surprise shot against Paul McCloskey.
Woodhouse had been set to face Dale Miles in a British title eliminator, but Miles picked up an injury in last weekends Prizefighter.
The two will face-off almost a year to the day since McCloskey lost to Amir Khan with a controversial stoppage due to a cut. Woodhouse's promoter Dave Coldwell expressed his delight to Skysports about the fight.
"I'm delighted to reveal that Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing have made a great offer for Curtis to fight WBA No.6 ranked Paul McCloskey in Belfast in April - and we are ready for the challenge. It's an amazing opportunity for Curtis to take on world ranked opponent, with the reality being that he was only really expecting to be able to test himself at the top of the domestic ladder.
... "The offer ticks all the right boxes as far as myself and Curtis are concerned. It's a career-high pay day in a high-profile televised fight - the risk versus reward makes sense...we want the fight. Curtis is promotionally tied to a contract with Frank Warren Promotions so we are just waiting on permission from them to box on Eddie's show. But I'm sure they won't deny a man who has fought for respect from the boxing community for so long what would be the opportunity of a lifetime."
There seems to be a little confusion surrounding the fight, although it has been offered and comes across as a done deal according to the Ringside TV show in England it's not apparently.
From professional footballer to professional boxer Woodhouse hasn't done too bad at all, despite many criticising him...not many can say they could do the same. If the fight does go to plan I can't see any other winner but McCloskey and I expect many to think the same. Of course Woodhouse will come into the fight and give it everything he's got, but I see McCloskey using his movement and jab to comfortably win.