Date confirmed for Horner’s pro debut

George Horner
George Horner

Bridlington’s George Horner is counting down the days, after the date was confirmed for his first professional contest.

The Westway boxer will make his debut in Hull on Saturday, September 26, although the venue and his opponent are yet to be confirmed.

“I’m fit and as long as I’m ready, I don’t mind who I am fighting,” said the light-welterweight.

“We’ve got six weeks to go, so I will be going round sparring with different lads and working on technical stuff in the gym.”

Horner is delighted to be part of Westway Boxing Club’s new breed of professionals.

He will make his debut on the same card as club-mate George Rhodes in Hull next month, while fellow Westway fighters Ross Downie and Shaun Ireland are also taking their first steps in the professional ranks, as boxing enjoys a boom time on the Yorkshire coast.

He is hoping that Westway’s fantastic four will inspire the next generation of boxers to think about turning pro, as well as keeping the area’s profile high in boxing circles.

Horner said: “Success breeds success, which will help us all along the way.

“If we can build a fan base and shift a lot of tickets we’ll have much more of a chance. We’ve done well in the amateurs and mixed it with some big names so there’s no reason why all four of us can’t do well.

“I’m a Bridlington lad, I live here, my friends and family are all here and I started boxing in Bridlington.

“I have already had a lot of people in the town asking about tickets for my first fight, so the more the merrier.”

To prepare for his bout in Hull, Horner is training for two hours a day, six days a week in the gym, as well as running - all on top of his work with East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s highways department.