Tomlinson inks deal with GBP

Unbeaten Australian junior lightweight Will Tomlinson has signed a five-fight promotional deal with Golden Boy Promotions, the company announced on Wednesday.

Tomlinson (21-0-1, 12 KOs), 27, has fought all of his bouts in his home country, but signing with Golden Boy means he will begin boxing in the United States.

“Golden Boy is the big leagues of boxing, and I'm very excited to be a part of the team,” said Tomlinson, who has relocated to Los Angeles, where he will train. “I believe 2014 is going to be a big year for me, and with Golden Boy in my corner, the sky's the limit.”

Tomlinson has faced limited opposition, but he is coming off his most notable victory, a unanimous decision victory on May 16 against former junior lightweight titlist Malcolm Klassen of South Africa. Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer believes Tomlinson is ready to raise his level of competition.

“Will Tomlinson has paid his dues on the Australian circuit and he's ready for the international stage. The fans here in the States will enjoy watching him fight for sure,” said Schaefer, adding that Tomlinson’s first fight with the company has not been scheduled yet.

As an amateur, Tomlinson made it to the 2007 world championships and then turned pro in July 2008.