Matchroom Boxing Signs Top Amateur Boxer John Hedges
Another talented fighter has been signed under the Matchroom Boxing banner. Eddie Hearn has managed to pick up amateur fighter John Hedges to a multi-fight deal.
“I’m excited to add highly-rated prospect John Hedges to our ranks,” said Matchroom’s Hearn. “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 168lbs and I look forward to guiding his development once he makes his professional debut later this year.
At 18, Hedges ends his amateur career with 40 wins in 44 fights. He recently signed a deal with S-JAM Boxing in April. The MTK Global-partnered group includes members Joe Joyce, George Fox, Guido Vianello, and more. “Gentleman” John, who resides in Takeley, Essex Hedges, currently trains out of Hoddesdon Boxing Academy.
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Hedges, a super-middleweight, is the latest British fighter that Matchroom is looking to groom to be the next big thing. The promotion currently is in control of Billy Joe Saunders, the WBO Super-Middleweight Champion, and Callum Smith, the WBA Super-Middleweight Champion.
“I’m delighted to be teaming up with Matchroom Boxing,” said Hedges in a release. “It’s a massive move for me and I can’t wait to get started. I’m a long 6’5” 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, this is what dreams are made of. I’m only young but I’ve been around the block and I’m ready to take over.”
There is currently no set time and opponent for Hedges’ Matchroom debut. Growing up with the likes of Saunders and Smith as champions, Hedges is looking to follow the lead of his now new stablemates.
“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 is going to take my fighting to another level,” Hedges went on to say. “As soon as that opportunity comes, we’ll push for any titles 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.”