Boxer Billy Joe set to be minted
PUBLISHED: 07:30 25 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:22 26 October 2009
BEIJING Olympians Billy Joe Saunders, James DeGale and Frankie Gavin are mint - and it's official. Hatfield teenager Saunders, along with the other two boxers, will tomorrow (Wednesday) be presented with a special limited edition medal at the prestigious Bir
BEIJING Olympians Billy Joe Saunders, James DeGale and Frankie Gavin are mint - and it's official.
Hatfield teenager Saunders, along with the other two boxers, will tomorrow (Wednesday) be presented with a special limited edition medal at the prestigious Birmingham Mint.
The presentation will take place ahead of the trio's pro debuts in the city on Saturday night.
And they will be following in the footsteps of Barack Obama, whose presidential campaign medal was also forged at the 159-year-old establishment.
DeGale, 23, already has one medal - the gold he picked up at the 2008 Olympic Games in China.
Gavin is the 2007 world lightweight champion and Saunders was just 18 when he went to and impressed at the Beijing Games.
All three will debut at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, on Saturday against tough Eastern European opposition.
"It's great that the Birmingham Mint is getting behind us like this," said DeGale.
"Maybe one day there will be a set of coins brought out to commemorate what the three of us will go on to achieve as professionals.
"I know that we're all going to become world champions."
Promoter Frank Warren has confirmed that the Olympians' show will be televised on Sky Sports.
The trip to the mint is all part of a hectic build up to fighters' upcoming professional debuts.
Billy Joe is set to take part in a press conference on Thursday.
Friday will see him, alongside the others on the bill, weigh-in ahead of his light-welterweight battle over four three minute rounds against Hungarian Attila Molnar.