Stalker to turn professional

  • Last Updated: January 9 2013, 12:22 GMT

Commonwealth Games lightweight champion Tom Stalker is expected to announce a move to the professional ranks on Wednesday.

Tom Stalker: Expected to announce move to professional boxing

The Team GB captain, who has won medals at world, European and Commonwealth level, is set to sign a promotional contract with Matchroom Sport and could make his professional debut next month, according to a report in the Liverpool Echo.

The 28-year-old bowed out in the Olympic quarter-finals in London, four years after missing out on selection for the Beijing Games, and he is ready to put the disappointment behind him after giving serious thought to staying amateur for the next Olympics in Rio in 2016.

The light-welterweight will be trained by Paul and Mick Stevenson at Everton Red Triangle, where he will join a crop of British fighters that includes flyweight champion Kevin Satchell.

Anthony Ogogo, who won a bronze medal at London 2012, was the first of the Team GB fighters to sign a professional contract last month, joining Oscar de la Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions.

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