Downie delivers the goods on comeback

Westway's Sean Ireland, right, in action
Westway's Sean Ireland, right, in action
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Westway Boxing Club members of all ages have been in knockout form around Yorkshire over the past few weeks.

Twenty-one-year-old light-welterwight George Horner was the first club boxer in action, facing Bibl Retman in a show at Sheffield.

Horner, 21, took the fight to the much taller Retman, who boxes out of the Middleton Select gym in Manchester.

The Westway pugilist pressurising his rival, who also weighed in with some decent shots, but coach George Rhodes was slightly surprised when the close contest went to the Lancastrian on a split decision.

Lewis Spaven, 13, and 23-year-old Sean Ireland, were the next Westway boxers on the road, this time participating in a show at Headingley, Leeds.

Teenager Spaven was edged out by his opponent Harry Fryer, who was a member of the home club, Tiger Gym.

Lightweight Ireland was taking on another Tiger fighter, Kieran Devonish.

The speed and quick hands of Ireland kept Devonish at bay throughout three entertaining rounds.

The combination punches of the Scarborough fighter helped him stay in control throughout and helped him to a unanimous points win.

Fourteen-year-old Jonjo Horner was up against Kingston’s Jake Lawson in his bout in a Hull show.

Jonjo connected with some powerful body-shots and after Lawson was forced to take two standing counts it was no surprise when Horner’s arm was raised by the referee with Lawson unable to continue.

At the same venue, 23-year-old Craig Wright was fighting for only the second time, but the Westway member delivered his second explosive knockout win, flooring Gary Dykes (Cheltenham) twice with head and body shots.

The next show was a high-profile show at The De Vere Village Hotel in Hessle near Hull, with former world heavyweight champion Frank Bruno the guest speaker at the event.

Jonjo Horner was the first Westway boxer to appear, taking on Selby’s Callum Healor.

The latter nocked the first round, but Jonjo battled back to claim the second round, setting up a thrilling final round.

The Westway youngster got in some hurtful shots and worked hard to earn the unanimous points decision from the judges.

Ross Downie, 24, made his first competitive appearance in the ring in four years when topping the bill against Alex Sutton of the City of Hull Boxing Club.

This was always going to be a tough test for Downie, especially as it was confirmed this was Sutton’s final fight before turning professional.

Downie was eager to impress the vocal crowd against the home fighter, and in the first half of the opening round bullied Sutton and dictated the pace.

The Hull boxer came back into it during the second half of the first round with some useful blows.

Sutton tried to bully Diownie in the second, attempting to trap him on the ropes, but the Scarborough lad managed to avoid any major probleems.

The scene was set for a thrilling final round, and the duo did not let the large audience down, Downie bullying Sutton in the early exchanges and halfway through the round it developed into a toe-to-toe contest, with the visiting fighter looking the stronger of the two fighters.

This carried on until the final bell, and Downie was anounces as victor thanks to a unanimous decision from the judges.

Downie was also awarded the title of boxer of the night at the Stevie Smith Academy event.