Commonwealth Games boxing champion Scott Fitzgerald has joined the professional ranks.
The Preston super welterweight star has signed terms with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing.
He will make his professional debut in Liverpool on November 7 on the undercard of the blockbuster Callum Smith versus Rocky Fielding clash for the vacant British Super Middleweight title at the Liverpool Arena.
The 23 year old will then box on the undercard of Anthony Crolla’s rematch with Darleys Perez for the WBA World Lightweight title at the Manchester Arena on November 21.
Fitzgerald shot to fame last year when he won the Commonwealth gold medal in Glasgow.
A member of Team GB’s elite squad, it was Fitzgerald’s intention to remain as an amateur so that he could compete at next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
But after much consideration, Fitzgerald has decided to abandon his Olympic ambitions in favour of an exciting new career as a pro.
“I am delighted to join Matchroom Boxing,” said Fitzgerald. “Team GB’s facilities gave me a great place to train and learn and I am ready for the pro game now.
“It was great to have the support at the Commonwealth Games and I am confident I will have big support in Liverpool and Manchester.”
Hearn said, “I am delighted to welcome Scott to the team and I am very excited about his future. Scott was an exceptional amateur and part of the outstanding GB Boxing setup, culminating in Commonwealth Games gold last year.
“I believe he has a great style for the pro game
News of the Larches and Savick Amateur Boxing Club star’s switch to the paid ranks was announced at a press conference in Manchester.