Takeley boxer John Hedges signs multi-fight promotional deal with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing
John Hedges said his dreams had come true after he signed a multi-fight promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing.
And the 6ft 5in southpaw nicknamed the gentleman, who went to Forest Hall School in Stansted, believes linking up with promoter Eddie Hearn will help him achieve his goal of becoming a world champion.
Hedges, who is based in Takeley and trains at Hoddesdon Boxing Academy, celebrated his 18th birthday in April by penning a professional contract with S-Jam Promotions.
Now the hugely talented fighter, who has won four national and seven international titles during his time in the unpaid ranks, cannot wait to show off his skills to a wider audience including Sky Sports viewers and streaming service DAZN.
"I'm delighted to be teaming up with Matchroom Boxing," said Hedges, who will campaign at super-middleweight. "It's a massive move for me and I can't wait to get started.
"I'm a long 6ft 5in southpaw and I'm everyone's worst nightmare. With my size and ability, I honestly believe that I'll go all the way and become a young world champion, if not the youngest.
"I've got the best manager and coach behind me, and now I've got the best promoter behind me in Eddie Hearn.
"The opportunities are going to be endless for me, it's what dreams are made of. I'm only young but I've been around the block and I'm ready to take over.
"I'm flashy, entertaining and I always put on a show. Joining Matchroom and looking up to the likes of Callum Smith and Billy Joe [Saunders] is going to take my fighting to another level.
"As soon as that opportunity comes, we'll push for any title there is. We're not avoiding anyone; we believe that we're as good as the best right now. It's about taking my chance."
Hedges began his career in the ring under Scott Gleed at Bishop's Stortford Amateur Boxing Club before a spell at Repton Boxing Club and then moving to Hoddesdon.
He is now preparing to start making a name for himself in the 168lb division when boxing resumes later this year.
"I am so proud of John," said Hoddesdon head coach Sab Leo.
"It's been an epic journey with him in the amateur ranks, and to nurture John into such a successful boxer winning major titles along the way has been an achievement in itself, beating the very best there is in the UK.
"Now to be part of his team on this new venture is such a mouthwatering challenge and I'm looking forward to much success along the way."
Hearn said: "John has proven his credentials in the amateurs, winning countless titles at both national and international level.
"His size and ability will make him a problem for anyone at 168lb and I look forward to guiding his development once he makes his professional debut later this year."