Support growing for Horner before pro debut

Goegre Horner and George Rhodes
Goegre Horner and George Rhodes
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Former Westway ABC pair George Horner and George Rhodes are rounding off their training camps as they get in action in Hull next Saturday.

The pair are expected to be backed by a big following when they step into the ring later this month.

Tickets for the show, at Dene Park, are on sale now, priced at £30 and £50 for ringside seats.

A coach is leaving the Albion in Bridlington, as Horner - a former Bridlington ABC amateur - will be on the same line-up as his Westway club-mate Rhodes, who is also arranging transport for his supporters.

Horner said: “We’ve done really well with ticket sales. It’s great how many people are coming out to support me.

“I know it is not a cheap night out so I really appreciate the support.

“This will probably be the biggest crowd I have boxed in front of, although I topped some good amateur bills.”

Horner takes on 222-fight veteran Kristian Laight and he is confident he is in great shape for his debut.

“I am going to make a statement. I know I have the tools to do the job,” he said.

“Training is going well and I am already at the right weight.

“I will probably get a bit nervous nearer the time. It’s not scary, but it is a new experience and as an amateur, it didn’t affect me because I had done it so many times before.

“I want to get a couple of four-rounders out the way but I know I get stronger as bouts go on so I want to step up to six rounds as quickly as I can.”

Horner has already received support from former British champion boxer and Premiership footballer Curtis Woodhouse, who said on social media: “Looking forward to watching Bridlington sensation George Horner make his debut on my show, I know (promoter) David Coldwell has high hopes for George.

Rhodes, who will be in action for the third time as a pro against Matt Seawright, said: “The support I have received so far is fantastic and I hope that continues.

“I’m looking forward to getting back into the ring now.”

For tickets call Horner on 07850 400493 or Rhodes on 07896 568611.