YORK boxing talent Will Harrison has turned professional after signing an advisory deal with management giants MTK Global.

Harrison, 23, enjoyed a successful career in the amateur ranks, winning a Yorkshire title under the tutelage of coach Gary Kelly from Jorvik Boxing Club.

The Bishopthorpe star now felt the time was right to move professional and has penned an agreement with one of boxing’s most prominent management companies in MTK Global.

MTK manage some of British boxing’s biggest stars, including world champions Tyson Fury, Josh Taylor and Billy Joe Saunders.

Harrison’s career will also be guided by York’s Glenn Banks, who also manages fellow professionals from the city Cam Shaw and Harry Matthews.

Having signed an advisory deal with MTK promoter Lee Eaton, Harrison will be part out of the newly-formed MTK Leeds base, who have seen eight boxers sign with them.

In preparation for his professional debut next year, the light-welterweight (140lbs) has been spending time training with Sean O’Hagan - father and trainer to unbeaten IBF featherweight world champion Josh Warrington - and with Wayne Woods from Freedom Boxing Club.

Harrison has also been sparring with world number one 126-pounder Warrington ahead of the latter’s reported unification bout with WBA title-holder Can Xu next February.

Manager Banks is hoping that Harrison will be fighting regularly under the MTK Leeds banner next year.

He said: “2021 will be a massive start for Will as MTK hope to be doing five shows at the Leeds Arena when things go back to normal, which will be a great platform for Will.”

Promoter Eaton added: “We’re delighted to begin the process of establishing MTK Leeds by signing up these eight talented fighters from around Yorkshire.

“Each of them brings plenty of skill and flair to the table, and we’re excited to see what they can all achieve in their careers.”