By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)
Warren Baister has ditched the headguard and vest in favour of punching for pay.
The 29-year-old Sunderland puncher has signed a deal with Daniel Kinahan and MGM Marbella as he looks to make his mark in pro game.
Baister, who represented England in the 91kg category at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, will make his pro debut in September as he looks to embark on a campaign in the cruiserweight ranks.
He is a former Team GB member and was British champion and two-time ABA heavyweight champion in the unpaid code, but now Baister –– who will be back in Marbella for a camp in late July –– is looking to replicate his success in the prize fighting game.
“MGM Marbella are building a very good reputation and the set-up is great,” said Baister, “and I’m very pleased to be a part of it.
“I’m good friends with Tom Stalker and Bradley Saunders [both of whom have managerial deals with the Spain-based outfit], so I am pleased to be coming on board.”
The MGM Marbella management team, whose newest charge will be trained under the tutelage of Davey Binns in his home city, are excited about the journey.
They said: “Warren has got a lot of potential and he will be a valued addition to Team MGM.”by