One of Britain's most decorated amateurs and Olympic Silver medalist Ben Whittaker is in his final preparations with trainer SugarHill Steward for his professional debut in Bournemouth next Saturday.
Whittaker blazed through the amateur ranks, but drew the curtains on his stint in the amateurs following a silver medal at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Whittaker would turn pro just shy of a year later from the Olympics. Whittaker had already joined Anthony Joshua's 258 management team, but a press conference in May confirmed he will be turning pro in the light-heavyweight division with BOXXER and Sky Sports promotionally backing him. The other notable moment in that press conference is that Whittaker had opted to be trained by SugarHill Steward, the same trainer which guided Tyson Fury back to a heavyweight world title.
Whittaker's debut was initially pencilled in on the Hughie Fury vs Michael Hunter card on July 2nd in Manchester, but the card was subject to postponement following an illness to Fury. Whittaker now debuts against Greg O'Neill as part of a stacked show in Bournemouth headlined by Chris Billam-Smith vs Isaac Chamberlain in Bournemouth on July 30th, live on Sky Sports.