Montrose boxer John Docherty has decided to turn professional and has joined the renowned Matchroom Boxing stable.
The 20-year-old won a bronze medal at the recent Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and was part of the Team GB squad preparing for the next Olympics.
He has decided now is the right time to become pro, however, and has signed a promotional agreement with Eddie Hearn, who has the likes of Anthony Joshua on his books.
Docherty will base himself in Essex, training under Tony Sims alongside Scottish legend Ricky Burns.
He will start as a super-middleweight in the new season.
“I am so excited to get my pro career started,” said Docherty.
“I loved my time with Team GB and representing my country in Australia was a huge honour but that chapter is closed now and I cannot wait to test myself in the pros.
“It’s brilliant to team up with Matchroom Boxing and Sky Sports, and training with Tony in Essex is going to bring me on so much.
“There are lots of class fighters in the gym and of course, I’ll be training with Ricky, who is a legend in Scotland and someone I’ve always looked up to.
“So to be able to learn from him every day is going to be amazing.”
Hearn said: “I am delighted to welcome John to the team.
“John’s amateur pedigree speaks for itself and he has all the ingredients to be a big success in the paid ranks.
“He’s a fiercely ambitious young man that is eager to learn every day, which is vital to make it in this sport.
“John’s commitment to move down to Tony’s gym in Essex to be alongside his fellow countryman and Scottish great, Ricky Burns, shows how dedicated he is to becoming a star, and I can’t wait to see his journey get underway in the new season.”