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    Ben Whittaker: Olympic silver medallist to turn professional after signing deal with Boxxer

    Olympic medallist Ben Whittaker has signed a professional deal with Boxxer and will be trained by Tyson Fury's coach Sugar Hill Steward.

    The 24-year-old from Darlaston won light-heavyweight silver at Tokyo 2020.

    He is the latest member of the 2020 Team GB squad to sign with Boxxer, joining former team-mates Lauren Price, Karriss Artingstall, Frazer Clarke and Caroline Dubois.

    "They always say save the best 'till last and here I am," Whittaker said.

    "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."

    American Steward has been in Fury's corner for the Briton's past three fights; consecutive world-title knockout wins over Deontay Wilder and the stoppage victory over Dillian Whyte at Wembley last month.

    Steward has likened Whittaker to former American great Roy Jones Jr, a 1988 Olympic silver medallist who went on to become a four-division world champion.

    "I'm totally thrilled to have been sought out and chosen by Ben Whittaker of the 2020 Olympic Games on Great Britain's highly talented and dominating boxing team," Steward said.

    "I consider Ben to be on the talent level of a Roy Jones Jr in transitioning from amateur into a professional world champion superstar status."


    Whittaker signed with Anthony Joshua's management company, 258 MGT, and the two-time heavyweight world champion is backing his fellow Briton to become a big star.

    "Ben is a really special talent with a fantastic amateur pedigree," Joshua said. "I think he is ready to set the world boxing scene on fire.

    "Everyone get ready for a special journey. Ben is the future pay-per-view star."

    Whittaker narrowly missed out on gold at last summer's Olympic Games, losing to Cuba's Arlen Lopez in the final.

    He was left crying on the podium after receiving his medal, before stuffing the silver into his pocket.

    "You don't win silver, you lose gold. I'm very disappointed - I feel like a failure," he said at the time.

    Despite the disappointment, Whittaker - who also won bronze at the 2019 World Championships - was highly sought after by promoters in the professional ranks.

    Matchroom Boxing's Eddie Hearn has previously said he could not match the fee offered by Boxxer.

    "The offer was twice what we were prepared to pay," Hearn told Boxing Social last week. "Ben knows what we could deliver for him worldwide, but the money is crazy, so good luck to him."

    Tokyo gold medallist Price and bronze medallists Artingstall and Clarke all signed with Boxxer earlier this year, with Galal Yafai - who won gold - agreeing a deal with Matchroom.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/boxing/61395250
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    he is a bit showy & can afford to be with that level of opponent. boxing is also entertainment so the showboating will gain him both fans & haters. good to see him finally get his debut in & i'm interested to watch his progression
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    Ben Whitaker is a talented boxer and from my area so want to support him. He has the Kronk shorts, Hearns fan and trained by a Kronk trainer so what is not to like. He is super confident but very talented. I like his attitude and it reminds me of a young Ali leaving the Olympics.
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    Went to commonwealth games morning session boxing finals on Sunday. The atmosphere was brilliants and Galal Yafia was in the crowd.

    Met Ben Whitaker and he took photos with us. I was lecturing him that he should have stayed amateur and could have won gold in these games on his own doorstep instead of turning professional with 1 fight. He jokingly said he wanted to “give other people a chance” but still acknowledge what I said was true.

    I told him he reminded me of a young Ali and he started saying because of the jab and fast foot walk? I said no because of your confidence and positive way you speak about yourself. He said he had to talk and publicise himself as much as possible to raise awareness of his fights and keep up the public interest.

    I also met Wayne Elcock, who was a VIP guest and had Kronk yellow T shirt for his own gym. He was a humble and amenable man. We talked about his fight with Arthur Abrahams and Howard Eastman. I asked if he thought he was robbed in Germany, but he said no and that he did make enough money to retire comfortably from that win.

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    Some of the judging at the commonwealth games were shocking. They have 5 judges who score each round and go with majority but even then they still made the wrong decisions. The referees were of a poor standard some of them looked too old and did not want to be there seperating the boxers which led to a lot of illegal roughhouse tactics.
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    nice quick turn around for ben on the oleksandr v aj undercard
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    Quote Originally Posted by Master View Post
    Went to commonwealth games morning session boxing finals on Sunday. The atmosphere was brilliants and Galal Yafia was in the crowd.

    Met Ben Whitaker and he took photos with us. I was lecturing him that he should have stayed amateur and could have won gold in these games on his own doorstep instead of turning professional with 1 fight. He jokingly said he wanted to “give other people a chance” but still acknowledge what I said was true.

    I told him he reminded me of a young Ali and he started saying because of the jab and fast foot walk? I said no because of your confidence and positive way you speak about yourself. He said he had to talk and publicise himself as much as possible to raise awareness of his fights and keep up the public interest.

    I also met Wayne Elcock, who was a VIP guest and had Kronk yellow T shirt for his own gym. He was a humble and amenable man. We talked about his fight with Arthur Abrahams and Howard Eastman. I asked if he thought he was robbed in Germany, but he said no and that he did make enough money to retire comfortably from that win.

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    Children can be a pain when they do not appreciate what you do. My son is now a Whittaker fan but he still supports Canelo and likes MMA.
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    BOSNIAN boxer Petar Nosic used to answer calls for an energy company - now he is fighting on Anthony Joshua's undercard.

    The super-middleweight faces rising British star Ben Whittaker, who last year won Olympic silver.


    Nosic's office for the night will be in the ring against Whittaker, before AJ headlines in a rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.

    So it marks quite the journey from working in Ireland answering the phone at energy provider Green Star.

    Nosic, 23, began boxing only in 2015 and after six months he was already representing Bosnia.

    And it was in one European Championship bout that he actually boxed Whittaker, losing in the second round.

    Nosic told The42: "I had only been boxing for seven or eight months.

    "I wasn’t really ready for that level; not ready physically and even less ready mentally.

    “His team definitely know about that fight — but that was seven years ago, you know?

    "I was a beginner, then. Now, I’m obviously more prepared. I know what I’ve come here to do.

    “But Ben has also improved. He took silver at the Olympics and is obviously a very, very good boxer.

    "So, we’ve both improved in our own ways… and we’ll see what happens Saturday.

    “It’s actually a good thing but I think they’re definitely underestimating me.

    "See, I see this as an opportunity to show myself to the world, you know?”

    Nosic moved to Cork in 2018 and before looking for an amateur boxing club to train at, he needed to first find a job.

    He worked as a kitchen porter before switching to customer services for Green Star.

    Nosic boxed in Ireland for three years but moved back home during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic.

    He has remained there ever since, turning professional in 2021 and since going 6-0.

    Whittaker, 25, plans to use Saturday night's Sky Sports Box Office event to further announce his name to the boxing world.

    His promoters have high hopes and believe they have got the nation's next star on their hands.

    But for Nosic, he plans to rip up the script and derail 1-0 Whittaker's hype train before it has even left the station.

    He said: “I could never go in with the mentality just to stick around until you hear the last bell.

    “That’s not the way I think. That’s not the way I process things.

    "Every time I have ever been in the ring, I have gone in there to win. I go in there to try to finish the guy.

    Whatever happens happens — but I’m always confident in my preparations, I know what I have to do.

    "I’ve sacrificed the last, I don’t know, seven or eight years of my life training constantly to get an opportunity like this.

    "I’ve never had a training camp in my life: my whole career is training camp. Even when I’m on holiday, I train.

    “So, that’s where the confidence comes from and I need to have that mentality.

    "I can’t go into a fight just to put up a good fight, you know? I fight to win.”

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    lets see if we get any consistency from those who rag on other fighters who get a media push
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