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The 34-year-old  has called time on his career for the second time after losing his British title to Willie Limond in Glasgow last month.

He said: I’ve had an unbelievable ride. For eight and a half years I’ve been in with some of the best Britain’s got to offer.

After my last fight and losing my British title I realised not long after that that 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, my chest out and pride in my achievements.

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Woodhouse retires with 22 wins in 29 fights, a remarkable achievement for the former professional footballer, who made over 300 appearances at the likes of Sheffield United, Birmingham and Hull.

He told Ringside host Johnny Nelson that it was a tough transition from pitch to ring.

At the beginning I’d find it really difficult because I’d walk in to gyms and people would snigger and laugh and say, ‘that’s that footballer’, said Woodhouse.

The queue to spar me used to be out the gym; they were lining up one after another to beat me up!

There’ll be loads of British fighters out there that will say ‘I can’t believe he became British champion – I used to beat him up in sparring’ and they’ll be telling the truth because the first few years were really difficult.

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Woodhouse also described the emotional moment he won his British title against Darren Hamilton in Hull earlier this year.

It was an unbelievable night and one that I’ll never forget, he said

It was a dream but a dream that I never thought was going to become reality and when it did it was an unbelievable feeling. Even watching it now I get a lump in my throat.

This game is so difficult to walk away from once it gets you.

After the fight it was ‘what’s next’ and ‘I wouldn’t mind having a crack at Willie Limond, he’s got the Commonwealth title’. It was just a step too far for me but that’s what brought me to the game in the first place.

I didn’t want a life of ‘what ifs?’ and that’s what took me to Scotland. I won the title how I wanted to win in a great fight and I lost a title in a great fight leaving it all out there.

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