Bridlington’s George Horner is ready to take the British boxing scene by storm after sealing his first professional win – as long as he still gets to go fishing.
The 23-year-old, who fights out of Scarborough’s Westway Boxing Club, clinched an impressive debut victory against veteran Ibrar ‘Smokin’ Riyaz at the Barnsley Metrodome last week, and is hoping that this will be the start of something special.
“The guy who I boxed was a very tough, experienced opponent so you just box sensible and see what happens.
“It felt good, but it’s a long way to go to where I want to be at the end,” said Horner. The fight has been a long time coming for Horner, who signed a professional deal with promoter Dave Coldwell in July, but saw his first scheduled bout cancelled in late September. “The fight I was meant to have before was cancelled, so that was a training camp wasted.
“But I had a good six-week camp running up to this fight, which was plenty of time to get the weight off and get myself sharp again.”
And the time spent in the gym certainly payed dividends for Horner, who feels that he is at the right stage of his development after making the step-up from the amateur ranks.
“People have always told me the professional game suits me better than the amateurs.
“I had a good amateur pedigree and won a lot of titles, but in my first fight as a pro I just fitted straight in.
“A lot of people said I boxed like a lad that had been professional for years,” he said.
Horner is currently juggling the pressures of the professional boxing world with full-time employment, but accepts that this is something he will have to deal with while he attempts to make a name for himself.
“This is the life I have chosen, whenever I finish boxing, if it all goes well then I can do whatever I want after that.
“As long as I get to go fishing on a Sunday, that is usually my rest day and I just go and chill out.”