Former professional boxer Anthony Ogogo has turned to wrestling just months after having to retire because of an eye injury.
The Olympic bronze medallist was forced to quit boxing in March having spent the last two-and-a-half years undergoing operations to try and salvage his fighting career.
He has been snapped up by AEW, though, who announced the signing of the former boxer at an event in Stevenage.
AEW co-owner Cody Rhodes appeared at Saturday’s Southside Wrestling event to announce the signing of Ogogo.
Later in the show, he took part and had a row with wrestler MJF.
Rhodes confirmed the 30-year-old will be the promotion’s first developmental project.
He tweeted: “I’m thrilled about this signing. Anthony will be our first developmental project as a company.
“For those who followed his boxing career and saw his Olympic acumen, you’ll be happy to see he’s now applying that passion and work-ethic to pro-wrestling training. Welcome Anthony!”
As a professional boxer, injuries plagued Ogogo’s career and he endured three shoulder dislocations, broken bones and damaged ligaments and tendons.
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Then, after reaching 11-0, he lost his first fight to Craig Cunningham during which his corner pulled him out as he suffered a shattered eye socket.
He had seven operations on his eyes to try and preserve his boxing career but they were too damaged for him to fight again.