By Nathan Orr [@Nathan_Orr13]

The north east boxing scene has been dealt a huge boost, with two time ABA champion, Warren Baister, deciding the time is right to turn over to the professional ranks.

The 29-year old from Sunderland has ditched plans to fight at the 2016 Olympics, and will instead team up with MGM Marbella and Daniel Kinahan in a bid to replicate his amateur success in the professional game.

Baister, a former British champion, represented England at last year’s 2014 Commonwealth games and will look to make an impression on his pro debut – which is scheduled for September.

After a short visit to the gym, Baister quickly decided that teaming up with MGM Marbella would be the best move for his fledgling career.

He said: “MGM Marbella are building a very good reputation and the set-up is great; I’m very pleased to be a part of it. I’m good friends with Tom Stalker and Bradley Saunders, who also train at the gym, so I am pleased to be coming on board.”

Ahead of his professional debut, Baister will have a busy summer, which will include training with Davey Binns in Sunderland, before flying out to Marbella for a training camp in late July.

MGM Management are delighted with their latest signing, and hold high hopes for the future.

They said: “Warren has got a lot of potential, he is set to make his mark in the cruiserweight division and he will be a valued addition to Team MGM!”