Exciting Cork prospect Steven Cairns has retired his singlet.
The decorated underage amateur has elected against pursuing a senior amateur career, turning over at the tender age of 18 instead.
Rumours were rife the Legacy BC graduate was on the verge of turning over and he has today signed managerial terms with Dave Coldwell.
Cairns is the second Irish fighter to align with the respected manager, who most casuals would know as Tony Bellew’s former coach and from his role as a pundit.
Cairns is now a stablemate of big punching Belfast light heavyweight Paul McCullaugh.
The Cork fighters coaching arrangements have also been confirmed.
The teen has been training in Lanzarote under the guidance of Jonathan O’Brien of late – and he will continue that relationship with the trainer who has a close connection to Coldwell.
Cairns will fight out of the The Champions Gym alongside Dublin’s Francy Luzoho, Limerick’s Lee Reeves and Newcastles Joe Laws.
Cairns could prove another one that got away in terms of the High Performance Unit and the Senior amateur set up.
Delighted to have signed outstanding young international amateur champion @StevenCairns18 to the Coldwell Boxing Management stable!— Dave Coldwell (@davidcoldwell) December 15, 2020
7x national champion 🥇
European silver medalist 🥈
2x international champion 🥇
6x province champion 🥇#boxing pic.twitter.com/vskT3jyMwD
The teen, who as recent as January was competing in the Under 18 National Championships, is an eight time Irish titlist and has secured Ireland major international success, wining European School Boy gold in 2015.
The Cork man has now turned over and will be looking to make his pro debut early next year.
The latest addition to a growing Irish boxing scene is expected to campaign at super featherweight.
Irish-boxing.com understands talks with promoters have already begun, but for now the fighter is promotionaly free.
He joins Spike O’Sullivan, Vladimir Belujsky, Noely Murphy, James Power and Danny Keating as active Rebel pros.