Richie Woodhall

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Richie Woodhall
Rated at Super middleweight
Nationality English
Born (1968-04-17) 17 April 1968 (age 48)
Polsworth, Warwickshire, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 29
Wins 26
Wins by KO 16
Losses 3
Richie Woodhall
Medal record
Men's boxing
Representing  United Kingdom /  England
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1988 Seoul Light middleweight
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 1990 Auckland Light middleweight

Richie Woodhall (born 17 April 1968) is a British former professional boxer who held the WBC super middleweight title and defended it twice. He lost his last fight to his friend Joe Calzaghe in 2000 and subsequently retired in 2002. As an amateur fighting in the light middleweight division, Woodhall won a bronze medal at the 1988 Olympics and gold at the 1990 Commonwealth Games.[1]

Following his retirement from the sport, Woodhall has developed a broadcasting career with both the BBC and Sky Sports as a sports pundit, on both television and radio. He currently co-commentates with Mike Costello on radio for some shows, while co-commentating with John Rawling on Setanta Sports at other times. He was also involved with the 2012 Olympics held in London, commentating on the fights alongside Jim Neilly and coaching the Olympic boxing squad. After appearing as a body double for Brad Pitt in Snatch, he has dedicated himself to developing as a performer.

Amateur career[edit]

Olympic results[edit]

Professional career[edit]

Woodhall turned pro in 1990 and was undefeated as the Commonwealth Middleweight Champion from 1992–1995. He was then undefeated as the European Middleweight Champion from 1995–1996.

Woodhall defeated a number of useful fighters during this period, including; Future World Super Middle and World Light Heavyweight Champion Silvio Branco, Art Serwarno, Heath Todd, Jacques LeBlanc, Zdravko Kostic, Derek Wormald, Vito Gaudiosi and Royan Hammond.

In late 1996 he fought WBC middleweight title holder Keith Holmes. Woodhall went into this fight carrying an injury, but took the fight anyway. Woodhall did not perform as well has he might otherwise have, losing by 12th round TKO.

In 1998 he moved up to Super Middleweight and after a tune up against Bernice Barber captured the WBC super middleweight title with a unanimous decision win over Thulani Malinga. He successfully defended the title twice, defeating fellow Briton and future World Champion Glenn Catley and former World Champ Vincenzo Nardiello before losing it to Markus Beyer by decision in 1999, a fight in which Woodhall was down in the 1st and twice in the 3rd. Woodhall rallied late in the fight and came close to stopping Beyer, however his revival came too late.

Woodhall bounced back with a win over the experienced Errol McDonald, setting him up for his final bout against Joe Calzaghe for the WBO super middleweight title.

Woodhall was TKO'd in 10 rounds by Joe Calzaghe in an exciting fight in which Calzaghe always had the edge.

Woodhall retired after this bout which took place on 16 December 2000.

In film[edit]

Woodhall was a body double for Brad Pitt in a fight scene in the movie Snatch, directed by Guy Ritchie. He trained Matthew Marsden for his role in the movie Shiner.

Professional boxing record[edit]

26 Wins (16 knockouts), 3 Losses (2 knockouts)[2]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round
Date Location Notes
Loss 26–3 Wales Joe Calzaghe TKO 10 (12)
2000–12–16 England Sheffield Arena,
For WBO Super middleweight title.
Win 26–2 England Errol McDonald TKO 8 (10) 2000–05–06 Germany Ballsporthalle,
Loss 25–2 Germany Markus Beyer UD 12 1999–10–23 England Telford Ice Rink,
Telford, Shropshire
Lost WBC Super middleweight title.
Win 25–1 Italy Vincenzo Nardiello TKO 6 (12)
1999–02–13 England Telewest Arena,
Newcastle upon Tyne
Retained WBC Super middleweight title.
Win 24–1 England Glenn Catley MD 12 1998–09–05 England Telford Ice Rink,
Telford, Shropshire
Retained WBC Super middleweight title.
Win 23–1 South Africa Thulani Malinga UD 12 1998–03–27 England Telford Ice Rink,
Telford, Shropshire
Won WBC Super middleweight title.
Win 22–1 United States Bernice Barber TKO 3 (10)
1997–09–11 England Kingsway Leisure Centre,
Widnes, Cheshire
Loss 21–1 United States Keith Holmes TKO 12 (12)
1996–10–19 United States The Show Place Arena,
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
For WBC Middleweight title.
Win 21–0 England Derek Wormald TKO 10 (12)
1996–01–31 England Aston Villa Leisure Centre,
Retained EBU Middleweight title.
Win 20–0 Montenegro Zdravko Kostić UD 12 1995–10–25 England Telford Ice Rink,
Telford, Shropshire
Retained EBU Middleweight title.
Win 19–0 Italy Silvio Branco TKO 9 (12) 1995–02–22 England Telford Ice Rink,
Telford, Shropshire
Won vacant EBU Middleweight title.
Win 18–0 Uganda Art Serwano TKO 11 (12) 1994–11–30 England Wolverhampton Retained Commonwealth Middleweight title.
Win 17–0 Canada Jacques LeBlanc PTS 12 1994–10–05 England Wolverhampton Retained Commonwealth Middleweight title.
Win 16–0 United States Greg Lonon TKO 6 (10) 1994–03–16 England National Exhibition Centre,
Win 15–0 United States Heath Todd TKO 7 (10)
1994–03–01 England Dudley Town Hall,
Win 14–0 Canada Gerry Meekison PTS 12 1993–10–27 England West Bromwich Retained Commonwealth Middleweight title.
Win 13–0 United States Royan Hammond PTS 10 1993–04–24 England National Exhibition Centre,
Win 12–0 Wales Carlo Colarusso PTS 8 1993–03–16 England Wolverhampton
Win 11–0 United Kingdom Horace Fleary PTS 12 1992–12–04 England Telford, Shropshire
Win 10–0 England John Ashton PTS 12 1992–10–01 England Telford, Shropshire Retained Commonwealth Middleweight title.
Win 9–0 Australia Vito Gaudiosi KO 1 (12)
1992–03–26 England Alfreton Leisure Centre,
Telford, Shropshire
Won vacant Commonwealth Middleweight title.
Win 8–0 England Graham Burton TKO 2 (8) 1992–02–04 England Alfreton Leisure Centre,
Alfreton, Derbyshire
Win 7–0 England Colin Pitters PTS 8 1991–10–31 England Oakengates Town Hall,
Oakengates, Shropshire
Win 6–0 England Nigel Moore TKO 1 (8)
1991–08–29 England Oakengates Town Hall,
Oakengates, Shropshire
Win 5–0 England Marty Duke TKO 4 (6) 1991–05–30 England Central Hall,
Win 4–0 England Seamus Casey TKO 3 (6)
1991–02–21 England Walsall Town Hall,
Win 3–0 England Chris Haydon TKO 3 (6)
1991–01–16 England Royal Albert Hall,
Win 2–0 England Robert Harron TKO 2 (4) 1990–11–30 England Birmingham Town Hall,
Win 1–0 England Kevin Hayde TKO 3 (4) 1990–10–18 Wales Birmingham Town Hall,

Personal life[edit]

Woodhall grew up in Woodside, Telford but also lived in Malinslee and attended the local Abraham Darby School. He is also a keen supporter of West Bromwich Albion F.C..[1] He currently resides in Bridgnorth, Shropshire. Woodall also is a reporter for BBC Midland's Inside Out Program.

Preceded by
Thulani Malinga
WBC Super Middleweight Champion
27 March 1998– 23 October 1999
Succeeded by
Markus Beyer


  1. ^ a b "Woodhall calls it a day". BBC Sport. 17 January 2002. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  2. ^ "Richie Woodhall boxing record". 

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