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Box to Box: From the Premier League to British Boxing Champion Hardcover – 6 Oct 2016
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Curtis Woodhouse is one of the most compelling and funniest sportsmen I have ever met. He brings the contrasting worlds of professional football and boxing to life - in a way that is as brutally honest as it is gripping, amusing and illuminating. Woodhouse, in the company of his skilled co-writer Ben Dirs, has produced a riveting read. If you’re interested in football, boxing or, most of all, real life, Box to Box will draw you in and keep you hooked. (Donald McRae Author of the award-winning Dark Trade and In Black & White)
'Even by boxing's standards, Curtis Woodhouse's story is truly remarkable' (Ricky Hatton)
'This car-crash tale ... is littered with anecdotes and insights that bring the dressing rooms of football and boxing to life, while leaving you saluting the withering wit and streetwise sagacity of a man who found the courage to chase his dream when others believed he was already living it... Whether you are in the mood to laugh or to cry, read this and do both... The mood changes from chapter to chapter, reflecting the compelling, conflicting character of the man himself. And as you turn the last page, you hanker after sharing a pint with him, knowing it could get messy…' (Mike Costello)
'Great lad, great book' (Robbie Savage)
'A pulsating page-turner of a book' (Joe Bernstein Mail on Sunday)
'Brutally honest...One of the most explicit sporting books you will ever read' (Alan Biggs Sheffield Star)
'An astonishing story and a fantastic read' (Darren Fletcher BBC Radio 5 Live)
'Highly recommended' (Boxing News)
'A crazy journey and a great read' (Gareth A. Davies Daily Telegraph)
'An explosive tale of one of the most remarkable careers ever seen in British sport. Woodhouse's life story is Hollywood material.' (Hull Daily Mail)
'This tale...will have you teary one moment and in fits of laughter the next. A must read for those who love football and boxing, or both.' (Chris McKenna Daily Star)
‘An uncompromising account’ (Metro)
‘A brilliant book’ (Boxing News)
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He gives a quite damning insight into the going on behind the scenes and there's a real 'warts 'n' all' aspect to it. Again, in other books I always feel like you're getting a slightly toned down version of events where as here he tells it as it was, some of which is quite shocking and perhpas reflects quite poorly on many pro footballers at the time.
He also explores a lot about the mental aspects of both boxing and football which often the public don't get to see/appreciate.
Overall a very good read; lots of great stories, both sad and hilarious.
I remember Curtis playing against my team Charlton and having a brilliant game. At the time Sheffield United were always a horrible side to play against and Curtis definitely to my eyes had bought into what they were about. He did have a remarkable first touch and eye for not giving the ball away.
I also vaguely recall stories of him being involved in bother but not to the extremes he describes in this story.
I absolutely understand and salute his desire and work ethic as well as his honesty.
He featured on my boxing radar before the Frankie Gavin fight when his obvious lack of desire to speak about his time at Birmingham and not taking the bait from Frankie Gavin or Anthony Farnell. And he gave Frankie Gavin the hardest fight anyone had at that point of Frankies career. I didn't think in a million years he would beat Hamilton but reading this story it was abundantly clear. I've always had time and respect for Dave Coldwell and Curtis has cemented it here.
A great read and a million miles away from your normal footballers piss-boring autobiographical tome
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Easy read. Ben Dirs is one of the better ones for my money. Very honest. Loved how he slangs off some of the football personalities and tells it straight. Read morePublished 4 months ago by R. M. Carr
Great read, once I started I couldn't put it down. For anyone who has played football this book makes reference to so many antics that we get up to as young men.Published 5 months ago by Ziggy79
A thoroughly enjoyable read! By turns poignant and amusing - and very, very honest.Published 6 months ago by Chalky