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Last Updated: Monday, 11 July, 2005, 14:16 GMT 15:16 UK
Woods faces Gonzalez in Sheffield
Clinton Woods
Britain's Clinton Woods' first defence of his IBF light heavyweight title against Julio Gonzalez on 9 September will take place at the Sheffield Arena.

The Mexican, who is the number one contender, has 38 wins and two defeats from his 40 career fights.

"He's 6ft 3ins, he comes forward, he is strong and throws lots of shots. It'll be a good fight to watch," Woods said.

Woods, who comes from Sheffield, won the world title at the fourth attempt in March when he beat Rico Hoye.

"After lengthy negotiations with the Americans, we've managed to finalise the deal," Woods' promoter Dennis Hobson told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"It's the first show that we've put on at the Arena so it'll be a massive event."

After taking on Gonzalez, who boasts 23 knockouts in his career, 33-year-old Woods has targeted a unification fight with undisputed IBO champion Antonio Tarver.

"I've been talking to Dennis (Hobson, promoter) and he is saying he can't see any other opponent for Tarver," said Woods.

I was looking forward to that fight but it looks like it's off now
Clinton Woods on facing Roy Jones Jr

"He can't see him wanting to fight the German (Zsolt Erdei) or the French guy (Fabrice Tiozzo) so the only big fight is against me.

"It is a lot more saleable in America to fight an English guy, so that can be made.

"It could be the next fight after Gonzalez. That's the fight I want, I want to fight the best. Tarver is back on top of the tree now."

But Woods has given up hope of a high-profile rematch with the dethroned American Roy Jones Jr.

Jones was humbled by Tarver last year and suffered another knockout loss to journeyman Johnson.

"The Americans want it but I think the IBF are said that they want him to fight an eliminator before he fights for the title," said Woods.

"It's not like when he was champion and he could command things. It might put him off. I was looking forward to that fight, I was very confident but it looks like it's off now."




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