Tom Stalker and Anthony Ogogo told Ringside they're ready to kick-off their pro careers

Last Updated: 18/01/13 10:39am

Team GB to Pro

Tom Stalker believes his boxing education in the GB amateur ranks will stand him in good stead when he kicks off his professional career in February.

The 2010 Commonwealth Games lightweight champion captained the national team at the Olympics last summer, but is now ready to focus on a new career in the professional game.

"I'll just take it as it comes - but I believe I'll be a champion of some sort in my career."

Tom Stalker

And the Liverpool fighter - who lost in the quarter-finals at London 2012 to a controversial points decision - is confident he has what it takes to make a mark in the paid ranks.

"I'd like to thank GB boxing for the five years they've given me," Stalker, who will fight as a light-welterweight, told Ringside.

"They've made me the fighter I am now. Team GB have boxed all over the world, boxed the best fighters and I believe we're ahead of a lot of pros who are starting off.

"I don't want to talk about winning titles, because I know how hard it is to get to that level. I'll just take it as it comes - but I believe I'll be a champion of some sort in my career."

Stalker has signed with Matchroom Sport and says he can't wait to get his first pro fight under his belt.

"Eddie Hearn told me I'm going to fight eight times this year," he said. "I'm going to be a busy boy - but I'm looking forward to it."

Exciting

Stalker was joined on Ringside by his fellow former Team GB ace Anthony Ogogo, who has just signed up with Golden Boy promotions.

And the Olympic bronze medalist says he's excited by the chance to show what he can do on the biggest stages around the world.

"I like to think of myself as something of a pioneer [for signing with Golden Boy]," said Ogogo. "I met with a few different promoters but when I met [CEO] Richard Schaefer he captivated me - and I told him that I wanted to become a superstar.

"After the Olympics I had a little break and then went back to the ring in Sheffield and did some training. But then I sat on the apron, looked around and thought I don't want to do this for another four years, I want something different.

"The Olympic Games was so good and I want more of that; I want to be involved with the big names, the glitz and the excitement, and hopefully I'll get back to the boxing ring towards the end of April.

"I want to make my debut in Britain for all the guys who have supported be before, during and since the Olympics. I can't wait!"