A national champion amateur boxer from Sheffield has given up on his Olympics dream after securing a professional contract.
Dalton Smith, 22, was expected to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but after a change to the Amateur International boxing format he has signed a deal with Matchroom Boxing to turn professional.
Currently, professional boxers are not allowed to compete in any Olympics boxing events.
“It’s a big day for me personally, to become a professional fighter,” Dalton said.
“The dream was to become an Olympic champion in the amateurs, but now the dream is to become a world champion.”
He added: “I’m looking forward to the journey ahead.”
Smith, who is from Woodhouse and trains in Darnall, is a six-time national amateur champion, as well as a junior European Championships and youth Commonwealth Games medallist.
Smith’s signing was announced by Matchroom Boxing, run by promoter Eddie Hearn, ahead of fellow Steel City boxer Charlie Edwards’ first WBC World Flyweight title defence on Saturday.
His first bout is expected to be at Super-Lightweight level and it will take place in early May.