Olympic champion Anthony Joshua has left the Great Britain amateur programme, and is set to sign professional terms with Matchroom Promotions, reports Sky Sports.
The super-heavyweight fighter, who won the gold medal at the London Games last August, has spent the last year deliberating on who to sign for, and his contract with the British Amateur Boxing Association (BABA), has come to an end.
It has been unclear as to which promotion company will pick up his services, but after he was spotted ringside with Eddie Hearn at Luke Campbell's debut fight in Hull earlier this month, his exit from BABA looked likely.
BABA said in a statement: "[BABA] has confirmed that the 2012 Olympic super-heavyweight gold medallist, Anthony Joshua MBE, will not be part of the GB Boxing squad in the 2013-17 Rio cycle.
His contract with the BABA finished at the end of the 2009-2013 London Olympic cycle and he has now left the World Class Performance Programme to pursue other career opportunities."
The 23-year-old could be on the undercard for Carl Froch's upcoming super-middleweight world title clash against George Groves later this year.
Joshua burst onto the scene with his victory over Italian Roberto Cammarelle in the Olympic final last year at Wembley Arena, and his other notable achievement in his time with BABA was winning a silver medal at the World Amateur Championships in Baku in 2011.
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