When it comes to big names in boxing they don't come much bigger than Frank Warren. When it comes to Norwich boxers, they don't come much bigger, physically, than Sam Sexton.
Warren's Sports Network have given Sexton a three year deal, which should see him in six fights a year, beginning on the undercard of Amir Khan's Commonwealth lightweight challenge at London's O2 Arena on Saturday, 14 July 2007.
The 22-year-old heavyweight has been signed up by the man who oversaw Ricky Hatton's early career and has managed Joe Calzaghe for his decade as a world champion.
Two years and five fights into what looks to be a promising professional career, Sexton's delighted to be picked up by one of the most famous promoters in world boxing, and expects to be a busy man from now on.
"It's been tough to get opponents at heavyweight, but Frank's got contacts all over Europe, so we'll be flying them in from all over and hopefully fight for a British title within two years," he said.
The approach from Warren came after Sexton spent a number of sessions sparring with Matt Skelton. The Commonwealth champion was obviously impressed.
"Matt's manager spoke to Frank directly and said he thought I've got a good talent, Frank got in touch with us, we had a meeting and came to an agreement," he said.
The new deal will mean a significant step up for Sexton in many respects, he'll be fighting more, as many as 10 fights a year, against harder opposition, and at bigger venues.
While he's delighted to be stepping up, Sam's sad that he won't be fighting in front of local supporters.
"I am a bit sad that I won't be fighting in Norwich for a while, but hopefully when I do come back it'll be as British Champion and we can get the home support coming in again," he said.