Scarborough’s professional boxing fraternity now boasts a trio of budding prospects after Ross Downie turned to the pro ranks this week.
Downie, 26, who boxed for both Scarborough ABC and Westway, has signed terms with York-based manager Glenn Banks and will be trained by Ryan Ashworth, a Scarborough-based former pro who had nine fights before injuries cut his career short.
Downie will fight in the bantamweight division, and he can’t wait to get going as he follows Shaun Ireland and George Rhodes Jnr into the professional rankings.
Downie said: “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do as the amateur style never really suited me.
“The pro style will suit the way I like to box better.
“It’s good timing as there’s a lot of interest in boxing right now in Scarborough.
“I think it needed a few lads to go pro at the same time to get everyone interested in the sport again and hopefully with now having three lads turning pro we can bring a show back to the town.
“I haven’t boxed here for seven years now.”
Downie is ready to dedicate himself to the sport, having been unable to do so in the past, leading to his decision to turn professional.
“I’ve gone now as in the past I haven’t been able to give boxing my full attention, which it needs,” added Downie.
“It’s not a sport you can just have a go at, so I felt until I could fully commit to training I’d just have to be wait until the time was right, and now it feels that it is the right time.”
Trainer Ashworth addded: “Ross has been an amateur for a long time and it has always been a burning ambition of his to turn professional and he is going to accomplish that now.
“He’s going to start at bantamweight and we believe he can go all the way, I wouldn’t waste my time with someone who I didn’t believe could.
“Ross has an exciting, crowd-pleasing style and he will be good on the eye.
“He’s been all over the place putting the hard work in so he’s ready to go now.
“We want to get Ross out four times a year, but we can only do that if the people of Scarborough get behind him and support him and hopefully they will do just that.
“He’s definitely one to watch.”