Ben Whittaker has turned professional after the highly-rated star signed a long-term promotional deal with Boxxer and Sky Sports.
The 24-year-old is understood to have been sought after by all of the major promoters, but has put pen to paper on a deal with Boxxer, going alongside his management deal with Anthony Joshua's 258 Management.
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Whittaker took home the silver medal in the light-heavyweight division at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, whilst also winning a gold medal at the 2018 EU Championships in Valladolid, a silver medal at the 2019 European Games in Minsk, and a bronze medal at the 2019 World Championships in Yekaterinburg.
After an extremely successful amateur career, he is now ready to enter the paid ranks under the tutelage of world-class trainer Sugar Hill Steward, and Whittaker is extremely excited about the future ahead.
Whittaker said: “Well they always say save the best ‘till last and here I am, I’m very excited to turn this new chapter in my career! It’s an exciting time for me to showcase my skills! I’m now looking forward to getting into camp, where I can add and develop to my game. I hope you enjoy the journey because it’s gonna be a crazy one!”
Anthony Joshua said: "Ben is a really special talent with a fantastic amateur pedigree. He has had some tough decisions to make whilst turning professional but now finally he’s here!
Managed by the best team in the game, 258 Management, I think he is ready to set the world boxing scene on fire. Everyone get ready for a special journey. Ben is the future PPV star."
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BOXXER Founder and CEO Ben Shalom said: “At the start of this partnership with Sky Sports the focus was always in investing in the stars of the future. To sign four out of the six Olympic Medallists is an amazing achievement for BOXXER and with Ben Whittaker we have the biggest future star in British boxing.”