Horner signs deal to turn pro

George Horner
George Horner

Bridlington’s George Horner has become the latest Yorkshire coast boxer to turn professional.

He put pen to paper with promoter Dave Coldwell on Tuesday and is hoping to take his first pro bout later this summer.

The 23-year-old, who represents the Westway club in Scarborough, said: “It has been a long time coming but this has always been my aim.

“I feel my style is more suited to professional boxing than amateur, so I fell I should adapt to it pretty quickly.”

Horner watched his club-mate George Rhodes step into the ring as a professional for the first time last month, and can’t wait to follow in his footsteps.

“I’m excited just thinking about it,” added Horner, who began his career as a 15-year-old amateur with Bridlington ABC.

After more than 60 amateur bouts, Horner felt he had reached the end of this stage of his career.

“I was fed up with travelling long distances and getting questionable decisions.

“The hard work starts now.”

The plan is to begin as a light welterweight, with a view to dropping to lightweight in the future.

He is hopeful that his first professional bout will be held somewhere in Yorkshire towards the end of September.

And he was full of praise for promoter Coldwell, who worked with Curtis Woodhouse, another boxer with strong Bridlington connections.

“He is honest,” said Horner. “It’s not the easiest game in the world but we’ve had a good chat about it.

“He’s a really genuine guy, a gentleman, but he’s also a well-known promoter who has looked after some big names.”

Shaun Ireland and Ross Downie, who have both represented Westway, have also turned pro.