Professional boxing is set to return to Scarborough with a bang in 2016.
Westway trio Shaun Ireland, George Rhodes and George Horner all turned professional in 2015 and will return home to fight in front of their home crowd.
Promoter Stefy Bull is set to confirm the date for his first show at The Spa’s Grand Hall shortly, but it is expected to be Saturday May 7.
Bull’s unbeaten prospect Shaun Ireland is set to top the bill in an eight-round clash against Tommy Chadburn, who is also yet to taste defeat.
The featherweight prospect admits he can’t wait to get in the ring in front of his home town supporters.
“It’s great news, just thinking about it puts tingles down your spine,” Ireland said.
“To fight regularly in Scarborough is the dream.
“I’ve heard tales of fights down here before and I think the atmosphere will be electric come fight night.”
Welterweight Rhodes, who is currently in training for his fight in Barnsley on March 19, expects a fantastic turnout for the show.
He said: “It’s exciting times for us all. We used to fight together on small amateur shows in Eastfield and now we’re going to be on our own professional show at The Spa.
“There’s no place like home and I think it’ll be a great night.”
Bridlington-based Horner can’t wait to get back in the ring, this time a little closer to home.
“It’s great news for all three of us,” said Horner.
“I’d like to do a six-rounder if my fight in March goes well so I can put a show on for everyone who buys a ticket and comes down to support us.”
Promoter Bull is in the process of confirming dates after the show was given the green light by Scarborough Borough Council.
Bull said: “I’m delighted to be bringing professional boxing back to Scarborough.
“These three lads have been incredibly well supported fighting away from home, so I can’t wait to see the reception they get in front of their home crowd.
“It’s a beautiful venue and I imagine the atmosphere will be electric on the night.
“I’m expecting it to be a five-fight card with Shaun topping the bill in what will be a big test for him.
“He’s had a difficult time of late, so to be able to give him this boost is great for me.”
Spa’s general manager Jo Ager said: “The Grand Hall has hosted a lot of boxing bouts over the years that live long in the memory, most notably Paul Ingle’s title bout with Rakhim Mingaleyev and we are delighted to be hosting this showcase of Scarborough’s new boxing talent.”