CURTIS WOODHOUSE: I’d have loved to find out just how hard Vinnie was

The gloves are off with Curtis Woodhouse
The gloves are off with Curtis Woodhouse

A few of you sent some questions in for me to answer in this week’s column. Keep them coming by emailing rhys.howell@jpress.co.uk or by Tweeting @howell_rm or @mrdanielgregory and I’ll do my best to answer them.

Andy Bass: If you could have boxed any football player, who would it be?

Curtis Woodhouse would have loved to have fought football's hard man Vinnie Jones (above)

Curtis Woodhouse would have loved to have fought football's hard man Vinnie Jones (above)

Curtis: I thought about this for quite a while, but I think it would have to be Vinnie Jones.

I’d have loved to find out just how hard he really is as I never had the pleasure of playing against him during my career.

The thing people tend to forget about Vinnie is that as well as being a tough guy, he was also a pretty good footballer as well, he was very underrated as a player.

Obviously he was a huge competitor though, and given the way I used to play the game, I think that if we were on the same pitch then there might have been a few naughty tackles flying about.

Ask Woodhouse ... Email rhys.howell@jpress.co.uk or Tweet @howell_rm or @mrdanielgregory

Ask Woodhouse ... Email rhys.howell@jpress.co.uk or Tweet @howell_rm or @mrdanielgregory

It certainly would be an interesting contest for the spectator.

LUFC Colin: You must have some regrets? If you were 18 again would you choose boxing or be more committed to football?

Curtis: I get asked this question all the time.

The thing you have to remember is that if I’m being realistic, it wouldn’t have mattered what sport an 18-year-old Curtis Woodhouse would have been involved in, he still would have just wanted to enjoy enjoying himself.

I don’t think that I could have got away with partying and drinking the way I did as a footballer if I had been boxing.

If you’re in training for a fight you can’t be losing your discipline and going on nights out so I’m not sure how that would have worked out if I’d started boxing at an early age rather than playing football.

That said, if I’d been in the ring as a youngster, then there is no doubt in my mind about the fact that I would have become a world champion. I’m certain that I would have achieved that.

Mark Francis: What is your favourite sporting moment that you haven’t been involved in?

Curtis: I took a lot of time thinking about this one and I’m not sure about a specific moment that I haven’t been involved in.

I am a big fan of American Football though and I would absolutely love to experience winning the Super Bowl.

It’s the most-watched sporting event in the world so to be part of that as a winner would take some beating.

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Why did I become a promoter?

My first show as a boxing promoter will take place on September 26 at Dene Park in Hull.

The reason that I have decided to start promoting fighters in our region is because of the fact that, until I did it, there had never been a British champion from East Yorkshire.

For me, that is a mind-boggling statistic.

There are so many talented fighters in Hull and East Yorkshire and for the area never to have produced a British champion before me is staggering.

So I decided that I would start putting on shows, to help develop and showcase the local talent and guide the next generation of fighters.

When you’re starting out as a fighter, the first thing, the big aim is to win a British title – that’s certainly how it was for me.

Obviously, it’s not an easy thing to do, especially around here.

You need to build yourself up and be fighting regularly, testing yourself and getting in the ring with good boxers.

It is almost impossible to achieve anything just getting out a couple of times a year or travelling around the country fighting away from home.

So my plan is to put on five shows in East Yorkshire a year and give our local talent the opportunity to get out regularly and build a career for themselves.

I’m looking forward to my first show and to the challenge of trying to guide some of our local boxers to some success.

I see it as a new exciting chapter and also as a chance to give something back.

Some of these guys seem to look up to me and they say that they want to follow in my footsteps and do what I have done – win a British title.

It’s a big compliment and I’m only too happy to help.

I had an awful lot of help during my career from people like Dave Coldwell and now it’s my chance to try and do the same and assist the boxers who are coming through now.

Time to change offside rule ...

Some of the main talking points in the world of football this week have centred around the offside rule and how Manchester United have fared so far this season – both on and off the pitch.

There was controversy when Christian Benteke’s goal for Liverpool against Bournemouth was allowed to stand, only for the FA to come out and say that it should not have counted.

They then tried to clarify the offside rule, but really they have just complicated things further.

The problem we have is that nobody knows the offside law now.

I am the manager of semi-professional football club Hull United, yet I do not even understand the rule.

After being involved in football for so long, I never thought I would say that.

I bet if you sat 20 professional footballers down and asked them they couldn’t tell you the rule.

It needs changing and it needs simplifying. And the sooner the better.

Manchester United haven’t had too bad a start to the new season by any means but they are still struggling for goals.

They drew a blank against Newcastle on Saturday and have only scored twice in three league games now and one of those was an own goal.

Wayne Rooney needs some help and they need to invest in a new marquee signing – a world class striker.

The problem they have now is that they don’t have the pulling power that they used to.

We’ve seen that illustrated perfectly with Spanish winger Pedro going to Chelsea instead of them just recently.

If they don’t sign at least one new forward then they have absolutely no chance of winning the league.