Warren Baister has turned professional after leaving boxing’s amateur ranks.
The Sunderland fighter will be managed by the Marbella-based Daniel Kinahan but will be trained in Peterlee by David Binns, the coach of Glenn Foot and Jonson McClumpha.
Baister enjoyed an illustrious career in the amateur ranks, winning the ABA Championship domestically while competing at European and World level internationally.
The former Plains Farm ABC star’s last contest came in the quarter-finals of the Commonwealth Games last summer when he lost out to Canada’s Samir El-Mais on a split decision in Glasgow.
He will campaign at cruiserweight in the pro game.
“I enjoyed my time with GB and I’d like to thank everyone there,” said the 29-year-old. “But I had probably been in it for too long.
“Turning pro has given me a new lease of life and I’m looking forward to it.
“I’m training already with Dave and I’m hoping to may be have my debut in September.”