Promoter Fran Maloney has beaten his rivals to sign four of Britain’s leading amateurs including ABA junior-welterweight champion Joe Hughes and ABA finalist Glenn Foot.
The promoter has also inked Telford light-heavyweight Shane Enright who will be trained by former pro Brian Robb. Hughes, 19, beat Liam Taylor to become national champion and will make his professional debut in London on Saturday October 16.
“Frank Maloney put together what looked the best package,” said Joe. “Not only is he famous for guiding the career of Lennox Lewis, he represents Olympic boxers like David Price, Tony Jeffries and Rendall Munroe.
“He has even talked to me about the possibility of going out to the States to train and fight at some time in the future.
“Not much is going to change about my routine at the moment, though. I will still live in Malmesbury and continue to train with Andy O’Kane in Bristol. "
Sunderland’s Foot was edged out by Dudley O’Shaughnessy in this year’s welterweight final, with many ringsiders rating the fight one of the best ABA finals ever.
Foot, 19, will be managed by Phil Jeffries, trained by Dave Binns and make his pro debut at Houghton-le-Spring’s Rainton Meadows Arena on September 11.
Foot said: “I want to make some money while I can. I have got a new trainer and I am already learning new things.
“The amateur judges didn’t like my style, they like the tippy-tappy style.” Enright, 21, who will also make his debut on October 16 won and English schoolboy title, three junior ABA championships and a hat-trick of Four Nations gold medals. He said: “I had lost my spark a bit but signing the deal with Frank has got that back.”
August 1, 2010