Horner advances to face Rehman in North finals

George Horner
George Horner

Westway ABC’s George Horner booked his place in the Northern ABA finals when he battled his way through the Yorkshire competition.

The 21-year-old Westway ABC light welterweight will will face up to Manchester’s Bilal Rehman in the clash in Durham on Saturday.

Horner’s path through to this stage saw him negotiate his way past three tough boxers, starting with Sheffield’s Korin Khan in Bradford.

The sharp movement of Horner proved to be too much for his opponent, guaranteeing a comfortable points win.

He followed this up with a victory over Rotherham’s Bradley Bootham in Sheffield.

The fighters went toe to toe in the early stages, before Bootham, with a high guard, took the fighter to Horner.

The Brid man responded and the pair continued to trade, Horner landing some heavy head and body blows.

By the end of the third, Horner had done enough to progress into the Yorkshire final where he came up against Billy Pickles of Burmantofts - last year’s champion.

Pickles’ long reach kept Horner at bay at the beginning of the fight, though he did have some joy when he upped his work-rate in the second.

A string of right hooks and left hands continued Horner’s momentum, and he held on to take the fight and the title.

Twenty-four-year-old Sean Ireland was also in action, facing former national schoolboy champion Razaq Najeeb of Sheffield at lightweight.

Ireland started well, his clever boxing soon led to him catching his man on a number of occasions.

Najeeb came back after Ireland’s success in the first, setting up a thrilling final round.

The Westway coaches thought that Ireland had done enough to seal the win, but instead Najeeb was awarded a split points decision.

To ease the pain of the defeat, both Ireland and Horner have been selected to fight for Yorkshire.