Martin Bakole has inked a new promotional pact with BOXXER and fans will see his fights broadcast exclusively on Sky Sports.
The heavyweight from the Democratic Republic Of The Congo lives and trains in Airdrie, Scotland alongside Billy Nelson, and has a professional record of 18 wins, one loss and 13 knockouts.
He told Sky Sports that, with their backing, he wants to become champion of the world.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to join BOXXER and perform on the biggest platform in Sky Sports. I will build on my last performance in Paris against Tony Yoka and soon become the new world heavyweight champion.”
Bakole’s one loss came via stoppage at the hands of former-cruiserweight, Michael Hunter – something he’s said recently that he wants to revisit in a rematch.
Since then he’s built up a win streak of seven, most notably and recently a majority decision over France’s Tony Yoka. He’s sparred with Oleksandr Usyk in preparation for his victories over Anthony Joshua – drawing praise from the Ukrainian – and promoter Ben Shalom reckons he’s one of the most avoided men in the division.
“We’re delighted to add him to our world-class roster. He loves his life in Scotland and is training hard alongside Billy Nelson, whom we are very grateful for all his support.
“Martin comfortably defeated Olympic champion Tony Yoka away from home in his last outing. He is arguably the most avoided fighter in the entire division.
They can all run but they can’t hide for too long, especially now he has the backing of BOXXER and Sky.”
Bakole has been promoted by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom in the past.
An announcement is expected soon as to his first opponent in the new deal. BOXXER’s heavyweight stable currently includes names like Joseph Parker and Frazer Clarke.