Twenty months after his last bout, Amir Unsworth returned to the ring in winning style on Saturday.
The 34-year old boxer from Heckington outpointed gutsy Lithuanian Arvydas Trizno over four three-minute rounds in a welterweight contest at The Meres Leisure Centre in Grantham.
Unsworth had decided to call time on his professional boxing career and retire when he lost a 10-round bout for the vacant Midlands Area light-welterweight title to Calum Cooper at the North Kesteven Leisure Centre in July 2013.
However, he announced his comeback with a spirited victory at The Meres.
After the bout he said: “Great to shake the rust off after 20 months out of the ring and get the win with the team.”
His manager, Carl Greaves, was equally pleased with the result, saying: “Good to see Amir back in the ring and looking a lot more solid at the new weight, beating the capable Trizno on points in a clean fight.”
Unsworth, a former Midlands area 135lbs champion and former International Masters 140lbs champion, has fought 23 times in an eight-year professional career, with 15 wins, seven losses and one draw.
On the same bill on Saturday was highly rated Boston fighter Callum Johnson, who extended his unbeaten record to 11 fights with an impressive victory over Bartlomiej Grafka.