Thomas Whittaker-Hart signs with Matchroom ahead of Springer fight


Thomas Whittaker-Hart will take on fellow light-heavyweight boxer Jermaine Springer on Nov. 14.

The 25-year-old Liverpudlian has signed a multi-fight promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing, with his next fight an eight-round bout against Springer.

Whittaker-Hart (4-0, 2 KOs) had planned to go to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with Team GB, but the coronavirus pandemic has forced the games to be postponed until at least 2021.

Whittaker-Hart is a former English National title holder, and is managed by Tony Bellew, the former WBC cruiserweight world champion. His first fight was a defeat of Polish fighter Przemyslaw Binienda in March 2019, and he has since added three more victories to his name.

His fight with Springer (7-1, 1 KO) next month will be on the Katie Taylor vs. Miriam Gutierrez card.

"Tony phoned me a couple of days ago to tell me that I'm signing with Matchroom," said Whittaker-Hart.

"I was made up with the news! It's the best promotional umbrella to be under at the minute so I was buzzing when I found out. 

"I'm looking forward to performing on the biggest platform. I'm going to showcase what I know I can really do. I'm pleased that I've got the opportunity to be able to broadcast my skills to such a big audience on Sky Sports and DAZN.”

The emerging talent is keen to improve under the Matchroom name, and is confident that he can beat Springer after watching some of his performances.

"I've made a positive start to life in the pros with four wins and two knockouts. I don't think I've showed enough of what I can really do. Now I've signed with Matchroom I can start to really push on and I know the opponents are going to get harder, that's when you'll see the best version of me. 

"I don't know a lot about Springer but I've seen the odd clip of him. I know that he's a good step up for me at this stage of my career. I'm more than confident in my ability to get the job done and I'll be more than ready on November 14. It's a great show to be a part of. 

"I want to keep on improving and going up the levels. I'm planning on getting to the top — that's where I want to be. I couldn't ask for much more with Tony managing me and Matchroom promoting me. Tony has helped me out a lot and he's got me into a great position. He's been there and done it so I look up to him massively."

"I’m very excited about Thomas Whittaker-Hart!" Bellew said.

"He’s been out the ring 12 months but I’m confident that within these next 12 months he will be in and amongst the top three domestically and ready for the British Title! He’s been working hard and has been sparring with renowned world champions and vastly experienced fighters! The best is yet to come from Thomas."

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