GB Olympic medalist Whitaker turns pro

Whitaker (left) wins silver medal in light heavyweight at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Olympic medalist Ben Whitaker has signed a professional contract with the boxer and will be trained by Tyson Fury’s Sugar Hill Steward coach.

He joins his former teammate as the latest member of the 2020 Team GB squad signed by Boxxer. Lauren Price, Charis ArtingstallFraser Clark, Caroline Dubois.

“They always tell me to do my best until the end, but here I am,” Whitaker said.

“I am very excited to open this new chapter in my career. Now is an exciting time to showcase my skills. Now I am looking forward to going into camp and adding it to my game and developing it.”

American Steward has been in Fury’s corner in Briton’s last three games. At Wembley last month, he defeated Deontay Wilder and Dillian Wight to win consecutive world title knockout victories.

Steward likened Whitaker to former American great Roy Jones Jr., who became a silver medalist at the 1988 Olympic Games and a four-time world champion.

Steward said, “We are very pleased to announce that Ben Whittaker of the 2020 Olympic Games has found and selected a very talented and overpowering boxing team from England.”

“I think Ben is at the level of Roy Jones Jr.’s talent for transitioning from amateur to professional world champion superstar.”

Whittaker has signed Anthony Joshua’s management firm, 258 MGT, and the two-time world heavyweight champion is helping his fellow Britain become a big star.

“Ben is a really special talent with a fantastic amateur pedigree.” said Joshua. “I think he’s ready to set the world boxing on fire.

“Everyone get ready for a special trip. Ben is a paid star of the future.”

Fourth Team GB Stars join Boxxer.

Ben Whitaker
Whitaker impressed with Tokyo Olympics

Whitaker narrowly missed a gold medal at last summer’s Olympics and lost to Cuba’s Allen Lopez in the final.

After receiving the medal, he was weeping on the podium before putting the silver in his pocket.

“You lose gold, not silver. I’m very disappointed. I feel like a loser,” he said.

Despite his disappointment, Whitaker, who won a bronze medal at the 2019 World Championships, has been highly sought after by professional promoters.

Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn previously said that it couldn’t match the fees Boxxer offers.

“The offer was double what we were prepared to pay for,” Hearn told Boxing Social last week. “Ben knows what we can offer him globally, but the money is so expensive that we wish him luck.”

Tokyo gold medalist Price and bronze medalists Artingstall and Clarke both signed Boxxer earlier this year, while gold medal winner Galal Yafai signed with Matchroom.

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