FORMER boxing professional George Telfer is making a one-off return to the ring.
The 33-year-old, who retired from the sport seven years ago, is part of the bill at next month’s ‘Battle in the Borders 2’ showpiece at Teviotdale Leisure Centre.
He said: “I watched the last show in Hawick and fancied a bit of that so I spoke to organiser Darren Johnstone and signed up.”
A former British boys’ champion welterweight Telfer, who was coached by Billy Finn and Jonky Sharkey, won 27 fights in a row before turning professional.
As a pro he had ten fights, winning eight and losing just two, the most high profile being a British title fight against Nigel Wright, live on Sky Sports.
And although he may be a bit rusty, the father-of-two is confident he can still pack a punch. He added: “I’m not going to be as sharp as I was because I’m 33 now, but what I’ve still got is plenty of power and natural strength, that doesn’t leave you.”
Telfer is one of several local fighters preparing to step into the steel cage for the event.
Johnstone said: “George is a popular name on the card and I’m very excited, like most people will be, to see him in action.”
Another huge attraction will be Twindragons MMA Academy fighter Andrew McAuley, who will contest the BIB British Bantamweight title against ex-total combat British champion Liam Webstell.
Johnstone said: “For me to offer Andrew a title so early in his career is only testament to how hard he works in training.”
Regarding the show, he added: “This time we’re taking things to an entirely new level, more showbiz-style and with the larger venue at the leisure centre it’s ideal as the bar, cage, catering and stalls will all be in the one arena so no-one will miss any of the action.”
Tickets for the show, on July 14, are available through the ticket lines on: 07826554043 or 07584043412, Headz Up Hairdressers on 372201 or online at Border Events.