Team GB Olympian, Qais Ashfaq, has signed a promotional deal with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing.
Ashfaq, who represented Team GB at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, also claimed Commonwealth Youth Games gold and silver in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.
The Leeds based prospect is now hoping to continue his amateur success in the paid ranks.
“I’m so happy to be joining Matchroom Boxing and be on Sky Sports, it’s the best place for me to be to showcase my skills and I so excited to have a date in place for my debut,” said Ashfaq.
“I’m out to prove a point, and I want to be part of the big shows coming up in the next few months. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do, and I want to be as busy as possible.
“It’s been stop-start, and I’ve lost a year of my pro career, so I feel that I have something to prove, not just to the public but to myself. That’s why being with Matchroom is great because there’s so many fight nights coming up all over Britain and I think I can progress quickly and pick up fans everywhere. I’m a Leeds boy though so, of course, I would love to box in my city.
“I really want to fight on Amir Khan’s comeback show in April. He’s got at least three fights with Matchroom, and it would be amazing to be on those bills. When I was a kid, I hadn’t had any fights, and I walked in the gym, I looked at Boxing News and Amir was in the middle of a Team GB pic as he was the only one to qualify for the Olympics. My coach said ‘if he can do it, you can do it too’. Amir’s been such a huge inspiration for me, and it’s great to be part of the same stable as him.”
“I’m delighted to welcome Qais to the team,” said Eddie Hearn. “Qais is a richly talented fighter and one that will become an instant hit with fans all over Britain. I’m looking forward to his imminent debut and then showcasing him all over the UK.”