Footballer turned boxer Curtis Woodhouse bowed out of the sport in sensational fashion on Saturday, achieving his dream of becoming British lightweight champion after beating Darren Hamilton.
I played football against Curtis and I remember him being a tenacious young player then with an excellent work-rate, and engine, and great desire.
It seems he has taken that skill set into the ring with him, and it was great to see him win the title in his last fight.
What was even more refreshing to see was that he stuck to his guns and to his plan to retire, despite winning the title.
What made it an even greater story was that he’d told his dad that he’d win the title for him shortly before he passed away (Curtis is pictured next to his father’s grave, above).
He also had the foresight to place a cheeky bet on himself winning the title when he started out a few years ago, netting himself a reported £250,000. Not a bad night’s work for the man they call The Troll Hunter.
Manchester United put in a horrendous performance in their 2-0 defeat at Greek side Olympiakos in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
They just seemed bereft of ideas and a tactical plan, and the imminent second leg at Old Trafford is absolutely massive for their season now.
It was great to see some of the younger, upcoming players on the professional golf scene shine in the first big tournament of the year at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship final in Arizona over the weekend.
Jason Day fended off another upcoming player in Frenchman Victor Dubuisson to seal the title, and it made for good viewing too.
This could be a good year for golf, with a wave of younger players breaking through.
It’s great news that Scarborough’s sporting son Paul Ingle is working on an autobiography.
There has never been, and never will be someone from Scarborough who will achieve as much as Paul in their respective sports.
He has bounced back from a terrible place, and it’s great to see.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:
Curtis Woodhouse, without a shadow of a doubt. A superb achievement winning the British title.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“It’s a matter of how we assure ourselves that when those players go up they are as well prepared as they can be.
“In the final analysis it will be their character, their confidence and their ability to block out tomorrow morning’s headlines.”