Team Ireland Olympian Kurt Walker has turned professional.
The 26-year-old featherweight has signed a "multi-fight promotional contract" with promotion company Top Rank, with a debut professional fight to be confirmed in the near future.
"Delighted to announce I've signed a professional contract. Biggest day of my career so," Walker said on Twitter.
The Lisburn native was part of Ireland's boxing team at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and beat top seed Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov of Uzbekistan to reach the quarter-finals of the men's featherweight division.
Walker was eliminated in the last-eight via split decision against American opponent Duke Ragan.
Previously in the amateur ranks, he had been a gold medal winner at the EU Elite Men's Championships in 2019.
'It was a good fight, I pushed on too late. I won 2 rounds out of 3. It was so close. I'm proud of myself, I beat the world champion'@kurtwalker7 bows out in style#olympics #tokyo2020 #RTESport #boxing— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) August 1, 2021
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