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Curtis hangs up his gloves.

Byline: Ringside IAN JOHNSON

ORMER Birmingham City footballer Curtis Woodhouse is now a former boxer.

Fe Drield sportsman has retired from the ring after an excellent career since he kicked soccer into touch.

He had three in-and-out seasons at St Andrew's and eventually decided to try his hand at boxing.

In eight years he nished with a record of 22 wins and seven loses, as well as becoming English and British champion at light-welterweight.

He said: "I've had an unbelievable ride. For eight-and-a-half years I've been in with some of best Britain's got to oer.

''After my last ght and losing my British title I realised it was time for me to step away from the game.

"I didn't want to stay in there and take unnecessary punishment. I just believe I got in and achieved everything I wanted to achieve and believe now is the perfect time for me to walk away with my head held high and my chest out and pride to my achievements."

chest out and pride to my " Prior to boxing, Woodhouse made more than 300 appearances at Sheld United, Birmingham City and Hull, including a stint in the Premier League.

Curtis | Brummie Matthew Macklin, on the other hand, is along way from quitting despite three failed attempts to win a world middleweight title.

hand, is a long way from quitting despite three failed attempts to win a world He is back in action in Dublin and has teamed up with promoter Eddie Hearn, the Matchroom boss.

Macklin will headline an event against an opponent to be determined on August 30 at National Stadium in Dublin.

His title losses were to Felix Sturm by split decision for the WBA belt in June 2011; an 11th round stoppage loss to then-RING champion Sergio Martinez, who he oored in the seventh round in March 2012; and by third-round knockout against WBA titleholder Gennady Golovkin in June 2013.

2011; an 11th round stoppage loss to then-RING champion Sergio Martinez, who he oored in the seventh round in March 2012; and by third-round knockout against WBA titleholder Gennady Golovkin in June 2013.

Woodhouse e Solihull-born warrior said: "It's been four years since I last boxed in the UK and ve since I boxed in Ireland."

e Solihull-born warrior said: "It's been four years since I last boxed in the UK and ve since I boxed in Ireland." Macklin beat Rafael Sosa Pintos in Ireland in December 2009, and Ruben Varon in Liverpool in December 2010.

"So I am really looking forward to boxing this side of the Atlantic again,'' he added.

''e National Stadium has always been a great traditional venue for Irish boxing and I think the atmosphere on August 30 will be electric."

Also, and unexpectedly, on the title trail is Jason Welborn, who has earned a second shot at winning a Lonsdale Belt.

e Rowley Regis scrapper is set to challenge British light-middleweight champion, Liam Smith, at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester next Saturday.

Welborn and Smith will compete on the undercard of Dereck Chisora versus Tyson Fury for the European and British heavyweight title, which is also a nal eliminator for the WBO world title.

It's a second bite at the Lonsdale cherry for 28 year-old Welborn, who was unsuccessful in his attempt to wrestle the British welterweight title from Frankie Gavin in January 2013.

Having since stepped up to lightmiddleweight, he is determined to make the most of his opportunity and full a lifelong ambition.

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