Portsmouth is set to land one of world boxing’s rising stars.
Dutch sensation Stephen Danyo has agreed a deal to base himself out of the city as he moves in to the paid ranks.
And the area will be landing a talent with big plans to dominate at the highest level in the professional ranks.
Danyo has the pedigree to back up his ambitions, too, with a victory over a world amateur finallist on his record.
And the 23-year-old amazingly can call on the assistance of one of boxing’s legends – with all-time great Azumah Nelson his godfather.
There are plans for the man regarded as Africa’s best-ever boxer to visit Portsmouth to chart Danyo’s progress.
Danyo’s links with Portsmouth come through his father, who lives in the city.
Now the light-middleweight will link up with local trainer Michael Ballingall at his gym with its ever-growing stable of up-and-coming professionals.
Ballingall has high hopes for what Danyo can achieve.
And he believes the rising star can be placed on the fast-track to success.
Ballingall said: ‘Stephen can be a superstar.
‘He’s a real talent and is aiming to go right to the very top.
‘The thing is, he has the pedigree to back it up.
‘To beat a world silver medallist who beat a two-time world champion shows that.
‘He’s been over to the gym and sparred with the boys.
‘He showed his level then. He’s a hurtful puncher.
‘I couldn’t believe it when I found out about the link with Azumah Nelson, too.
‘He will be here at some stage in the future. Hopefully we can get him to a show.
‘We’re so excited about Stephen’s potential.
‘We could have him going for serious championships in 10 fights. There’s no point in holding him back.
‘He could potentially go right to the very top,’
Danyo is set to arrive in Portsmouth next week from Holland after making his decision to turn over as a professional.
That arrived after a hand injury halted his chances of making the Dutch Olympic squad.
Danyo has also recently took part in the World Series of Boxing tournament, which culminated in the final round of action in London earlier this month.
With sponsorship agreed to fund his progress, the exciting talent can now get to work on making an impact in boxing.
Ballingall said: ‘We want to move him along pretty quickly, if we can.
‘He has backing and has signed a contract here.
‘There’s also still strong interest in him back in Holland.
‘We could have a fight over there at some stage because he has a big following.
‘We can’t wait to get started.’
Ryan Moore’s second professional contest takes place tonight.
Trainer Ballingall is providing transport and ticket entry to the Southampton show Moore is on for £30. Contact 07407 355796 for details.