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Box to Box: From the Premier League to British Boxing Champion Hardcover – 6 Oct 2016

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (6 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147114772X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471147722
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 2.9 x 16.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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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)

About the Author

Curtis Woodhouse was born in Yorkshire in 1980, and made his debut for his local club at 17, going on to make almost 300 senior appearances for Sheffield United, Birmingham City, Rotherham United, Peterborough United, Hull City and Grimsby Town. In 2006, he had his first professional boxing bout, eventually going on to win the British light-welterweight title in 2014. He lives in Yorkshire with his wife and three children, and is the manager of Bridlington Town.


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A really cracking book for enthusiasts off either boxing or football. Unlike lots of other autobiographies i've read where you get the impression they're just trying to big themselves up, Curtis is genuine and honest about his failings and admits freely it's his fault.

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.
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One of the best sports autobiographies I've read and I've read an awful lot of them. Interesting, funny and, most importantly, I didn't get the feeling he was chatting bollocks.
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It would have been interesting to see if the boxing came before football, how better he would have been. The discipline of boxing may have made him a better footballer. A lot of the issues are entertaining but sad. You have to be inspired by a man who wanted to keep his dying wish to his dad. Great write up.
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Woodhouse comes across as a spoilt over grown man child and professional footballers are confirmed as the out of the touch prima donnas that we all suspect that they are. Behaving like animals and acting as thought the world owes them a living. Doctors or teachers or scientists they ain't. But it is one hell of a story and the commitment that Curtis displayed as a boxer compensates for his frankly despicable behaviour as a young footballer. My idea of a good humab being? Not even close. An inspiring achievement? Absolutely.
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I was the same as everyone else when I heard Curtis Woodhouse had decided to knock football on the head and seek a career as a boxer.

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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Superbly told, the book delves into Curtis Woodhouse's turbulent childhood, his falling out of love with football and the discovery of his passion for boxing. The book is raw and honest, veering from laugh out loud moments - such as the hilarious outbursts from Barry Fry, the post-season Sheffield United tour of Trinidad and Tobago and his debut fight against 'The Mexican Window Cleaner' - to elation and heartbreak at winning the British title and taking the belt to his Dad's grave. The best sports autobiography you'll read this year!
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So much better than the average sports autobiography - at times shocking, at times hilarious; sometimes head in hands, sometimes hand over mouth. Remarkably honest, beautifully written and hard to put down - read it in three sittings. Recommended.
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