Ben Whittaker turns pro with Tyson Fury’s coach and Anthony Joshua on his team

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Whittaker, 24, turns pro with BOXXER (Image: Getty)

Olympic silver medalist Ben Whittaker will join the professional ranks of boxing Tyson Fury’s trainer SugarHill Steward in his corner.

Whittaker, who won a light heavyweight silver in Tokyo last year, has signed a long-term agreement with BOXXER, joining 2020 Olympians Caroline Dubois, Lauren Price, Karriss Artingstall and Frazer Clarke in the promotion.

Steward, the man credited with transforming undefeated heavyweight king Tyson Fury into the stunning artist he is today, will oversee his move into the professional code after working with The Gypsy King since 2019.

Steward coached Fury for his two wins over Deontay Wilder, in which the Briton bulked up en route to stop wins and overpowered the American. Fury secured a devastating one-shot knockout win over Dillian Whyte at Wembley last month.

Whittaker’s career will also be managed by Anthony Joshua’s 258 MGT, with the two-time heavyweight champion dubbing him a “PPV star of the future”.

“Ben is a very special talent with a fantastic amateur pedigree,” said Joshua.

“He had to make some tough decisions while turning pro but now he’s finally here!

“Managed by the best team in the game, 258 Management, I think he’s ready to set the world boxing scene on fire.

“Everyone get ready for a special journey. Ben is the future PPV star.”

Steward has since compared his young protégé to boxing legend Roy Jones Jr., who won silver at the 1988 Seoul Olympics before becoming the world fourweight champion.

“I am absolutely thrilled to have been selected and picked by Ben Whittaker for the 2020 Olympics in Britain’s highly talented and dominating boxing team,” said Steward.

“I see Ben as talented as Roy Jones Jr. in the transition from amateur to superstar status of a professional world champion.”

Whittaker came up short in his Tokyo Olympics final against Cuban Arlen Lopez but took home a silver medal to help Team GB Boxing have their biggest medal haul in over a century.

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