Ben Whittaker: Olympic silver medallist to turn professional after signing deal with Boxer
Olympic champion Ben Whitaker has signed a professional contract with the boxer, led by coach Tyson Fury Sugar Hill Steward.
The 24-year-old from Dallas won the lightweight silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
He is the latest addition to the UK squad for 2020, having signed Boxer with former team-mates Lauren Price, Karriss Artingstall, Fraser Clark and Caroline Dubois.
“They always say stick to the best, and I’m here,” Whitaker said.
“I’m really looking forward to starting a new chapter in my career. This is an exciting time for me to show my skills. Now I’m looking forward to getting to training camp, where I can expand and improve my game.”
The American steward has been in Fiori’s corner in the British’s last three games; He ousted Dionta Wilder and won last month’s World Cup back-to-back championship at Wembley last month, Dylian White.
“I’m glad I selected Ben Whitaker for the 2020 Olympics in this talented and dominant British boxing team,” Stuart said.
“I think a son as talented as Roy Jones Jr. is a fan of a world-class star.”
Whitaker, who signed with the management company of Anthony Joshua 258 MGT, is helping the countryman of the world heavyweight champion twice to become a big star.
“Ben is a very special talent with a fantastic pedigree,” Joshua said. “I think the world is ready to burn the boxing ring.
“Everyone is getting ready for a special trip. Ben is the star of the future for pay per view.”
The Fourth Team GB star joins the Boxer
Whittaker narrowly missed out on the gold medal at the Summer Olympics, losing to Cuban Arlene Lopez in the final.
He cried on the podium when he received the medal, then shoved the money into his pocket.
“You do not win money, you lose gold.” I am very disappointed – I feel like a failure, “he said.
Whitaker also won a bronze medal at the 2019 World Championships, and despite being a disappointment, the organizers of the professional team demanded a lot from him.
Eddie Hern from Matchroom Boxing has previously said he cannot afford what Boxer has to offer.
“The offer was double what we were willing to pay,” Harn told Boxing Social last week. “Ben knew what we could give him anywhere in the world, but the money was good luck for him.”
Earlier this year, boxer and bronze medalists from Tokyo, Artingstall and Clarke signed with boxer, while gold medalist Galal Yafai signed at Matchroom.