George Hillyard

WORLD BOXING UNION (WBU) INTERNATIONAL SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION

New WBU International Super Middleweight Champion George Hillyard with promoter Shyam Batra (L) and MBC's Marianne Marston (R)

New WBU International Super Middleweight Champion George Hillyard with promoter Shyam Batra (L) and MBC’s Marianne Marston (R)

George, who was one of the brightest stars on the British amateur scene, clocking up an impressive 39 wins from 49 bouts, turned pro in 2005 and was signed by Barry Hearn to his Matchroon Sport promotional outfit.

George ‘s pro career started well, four stoppage victories and a solid points win in his first six fights, but after his son Oscar was born partially blind, George found it hard to focus on his career.

In 2010, George decided to put his career on hold, focusing instead on working closely with the Doctors at the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London, to provide the best care that he could for his son.

Throughout the years the lure of the ring still nagged at George, which led to him competing in semi-pro and celebrity bouts, but this wasn’t nowhere enough to quench his thirst to compete for Championship honours, so in January 2014 George successfully re-applied for a pro license and made his return to the ring on the 1st March 2014.

Just three bouts later, at the famous York Hall in London on the 30th January 2015, George made the first significant step towards realising his dream of challenging for a World title, when he stopped Michal Vosyka in the fourth round to become crowned the World Boxing Union (WBU) International Super Middleweight Champion.