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Clinton Woods: Fan or Not A Fan...


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Jun 3, 2012
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Big fan here. Made absolutely the best of what he had, gave us some fun nights, we really enjoyed his Glenn Johnson period, got it all the way to a world title, loved watching his run. And he's a lovely bloke, too - a few years back, winter 2008, just before they announced the Cloud fight, my wife and I were out in Bakewell with our young son, had an awkward moment as we looked like proper stalkers. We were walking across the car park back to our car, became awkwardly aware of another couple walking close to us, obviously aiming for the same car (as it was pretty quiet). We all got to the car at the same moment, realised with much shame that the other couple were right - the car was a match for ours at the time (black Chrysler Grand Voyager with blacked out windows - must have been my FBI phase) only this one had a private (boxing) number plate, so we were the ones at the wrong car. Shucks. Turned to apologise (if we hadn't had our son with us he might have thought we were stealing his car), first time we had faced the other couple, it was Clinton Woods. So we were double thrown (the ever-lovely Mrs Templar recognised him, too, knew I'd married a keeper). I just said 'you're Clinton Woods!', failing the cool test. He laughed, she laughed, got the sense they were chuffed that we both knew who he was. I was at least able to point to our own (matching) car further into the car park. We chatted about the Cloud fight for a bit, talked Glenn Johnson, and he gave us a t shirt for our son (he had a pile of the 'Clinton Woods - forged in Sheffield' ones in the boot). His other half was lovely, too.

So with apologies for another rambling post - yes I'm a fan of Woods, we loved following his career, but also that was a really nice moment and he came across as a lovely bloke. And, as ever with boxers, more imposing in real life than stats suggest. I'm 6'1'' and 15st, was law enforcement at the time and in shape, he looked a lot bigger than me.
 
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Clinton's fight with Roy Jones was one of the of the first boxing matches I ever watched as a young boy.

I think they showed a repeat of the fight on Grandstand and although marvelling at the skills of Jones Jr, I was impressed and curious as to how a man could be so tough to withstand such punishment without wilting.

I followed his career casually after that and remember sitting down to watch him box Glen Johnson and I think he had Ricky Hatton in his corner.

I wanted Clinton to win and I think he did but I couldn't help thinking he got but of a gift that night.
 
Jun 6, 2012
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Big fan here. Made absolutely the best of what he had, gave us some fun nights, we really enjoyed his Glenn Johnson period, got it all the way to a world title, loved watching his run. And he's a lovely bloke, too - a few years back, winter 2008, just before they announced the Cloud fight, my wife and I were out in Bakewell with our young son, had an awkward moment as we looked like proper stalkers. We were walking across the car park back to our car, became awkwardly aware of another couple walking close to us, obviously aiming for the same car (as it was pretty quiet). We all got to the car at the same moment, realised with much shame that the other couple were right - the car was a match for ours at the time (black Chrysler Grand Voyager with blacked out windows - must have been my FBI phase) only this one had a private (boxing) number plate, so we were the ones at the wrong car. Shucks. Turned to apologise (if we hadn't had our son with us he might have thought we were stealing his car), first time we had faced the other couple, it was Clinton Woods. So we were double thrown (the ever-lovely Mrs Templar recognised him, too, knew I'd married a keeper). I just said 'you're Clinton Woods!', failing the cool test. He laughed, she laughed, got the sense they were chuffed that we both knew who he was. I was at least able to point to our own (matching) car further into the car park. We chatted about the Cloud fight for a bit, talked Glenn Johnson, and he gave us a t shirt for our son (he had a pile of the 'Clinton Woods - forged in Sheffield' ones in the boot). His other half was lovely, too.

So with apologies for another rambling post - yes I'm a fan of Woods, we loved following his career, but also that was a really nice moment and he came across as a lovely bloke. And, as ever with boxers, more imposing in real life than stats suggest. I'm 6'1'' and 15st, was law enforcement at the time and in shape, he looked a lot bigger than me.
Calzaghe - Lacy at the MEN.

Our bus left at around 8am so drinking all the way up. Drunk all day in Manchester watching the days sport - didn't even make it back to the hotel to change for the night. Obscenely drunk.

Made my way into the arena early. Wrong seats. Fell asleep until Lacy's ring walk. Woke up and realised Clinton and his partner were sat next to me (I'm like 75% sure it was them - I was that drunk). Took the mick out of her shoes (fuck knows why), then, to much ridicule, loudly and proudly announced to anybody in earshot that the fight was over after 1 round and that Lacy wouldn't win a second of a round (drunken bravado rather than any analytical skill).

He must be an absolute gent not to have filled me in for being a gobby fuck.

Good times :lol:
 
Jun 3, 2012
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Calzaghe - Lacy at the MEN.

Our bus left at around 8am so drinking all the way up. Drunk all day in Manchester watching the days sport - didn't even make it back to the hotel to change for the night. Obscenely drunk.

Made my way into the arena early. Wrong seats. Fell asleep until Lacy's ring walk. Woke up and realised Clinton and his partner were sat next to me (I'm like 75% sure it was them - I was that drunk). Took the mick out of her shoes (fuck knows why), then, to much ridicule, loudly and proudly announced to anybody in earshot that the fight was over after 1 round and that Lacy wouldn't win a second of a round (drunken bravado rather than any analytical skill).

He must be an absolute gent not to have filled me in for being a gobby fuck.

Good times :lol:
Lol yes that is absolute proof that he's a good and calm man. You sound like a complete shambles, but we have all done it.

Mrs Templar and I were at that fight, too (pre-kids, sigh...), incidentally. Mercifully she was wearing uncontroversial shoes and you met Woods first.
 
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Jun 6, 2012
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Lol yes that is absolute proof that he's a good and calm man. You sound like a complete shambles, but we have all done it.

Mrs Templar and I were at that fight, too (pre-kids, sigh...), incidentally. Mercifully she was wearing uncontroversial shoes and you met Woods first.
That was long before 'meeting' you on here, but I am sure I'd have known by looking at you not to mess.

I can spot MI6, regardless of my drunken stupor.
 
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