Winton returns home

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CALLUM Winton is back home and is ready to fight again.

The gifted 21-year-old had left the Gus Robinson Developments camp in the early summer to join the Bob Shannon gym in Manchester.

He’d impressed Shannon – and the legendary Ricky Hatton – but did not have a fight for the trainer, with a scheduled appearance on the Phil

Jeffries-promoted show at Houghton last month not coming to fruition.

Now, Winton has ended his stay in Manchester and returned home.

He is being trained by Imran Naeem at Stockton’s Natural Progression gym and is managed by Scottish fight figure, Tommy Gilmour.

Winton will make his debut for his new team at Gateshead Leisure Centre on Friday, November 22, when he tackles veteran Dewsbury-based Syrian Youssef Al Hamidi.

“I can’t wait to fight again,” said the lightweight.

“I’ve only been at Imran’s gym for a short period but I’m loving it.

“Being in Manchester was costing a fortune and I’d not been fighting – the one contest I was supposed to have fell through.

“I’m a home sort of person and didn’t like being on my own so I decided to move back and I’m now being coached by Imran, which has been brilliant.

“Josh Leather and Chubzy Asif are in the same gym so I’m getting the best sparing possible.

“I’m happy being back at home and if you are happy I think that’s when you perform better.

“I’d like to thank Bob and I gained some great experience from down there which I’ve brought back with me.”

A national junior champion during his amateur days with the Catholic Club, Winton turned pro with the Gus Robinson Developments gym.

He was unbeaten in three bouts with the West View Road stable with his win over Paul Haines in Houghton back in February being his last appearance in the ring.

The boxer, who is sponsored by Niramax, North East Loans Ltd and Purdy Fabrication & Welding, could face an awkward time at the hands of Al Hamidi.

The 35-year-old has been a nuisance to some of the top names in British boxing – including Hartlepool legend Michael Hunter.

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