The heavyweight is now part of Eddie Hearn’s stable.
Heavyweight Martin Bakole, born in Congo and now fighting out of Scotland, has signed a deal with Matchroom Boxing, and will return to action on their Aug. 2 show in Liverpool.
Bakole was cruising along as a pro until last October, when he faced Michael Hunter at York Hall and was stopped in the 10th round. He has a career record of 12-1 (9 KO), and stopped veteran Mariusz Wach on April 6 in Poland.
“Matchroom have a lot of the leading heavyweights on their roster such as Joshua, Whyte, Parker, Hrgovic and now Usyk, and it won’t be long before my name is mentioned alongside theirs,” Bakole said.
“I’ve been sparring with Daniel Dubois in London ahead of his British title fight and I’m feeling strong and motivated for my Matchroom debut. I’m working hard towards facing someone in the top 15 in the World in the next couple of months. The heavyweight scene is wide open at the moment and I want to make my mark in the division, starting on Aug. 2.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn, of course, is excited to add another big man to the Matchroom ranks.
“I’m delighted to welcome Martin to the team and I’m excited for him to be in the heavyweight mix,” Hearn said. “We’ve seen him in camp with AJ over the last few years and I really believe he can compete at the higher level. After his run out in Liverpool we will be looking for all the top names come the end of the year.”
Bakole will face Ecuador’s Ytalo Perea (11-4-2, 7 KO) in his return bout.