Richard Torrez says he wants to be remembered “forever” as a world heavyweight champion as he prepares to start his title hunt.
The 22-year-old American has signed a promotional deal with Top Rank after returning from this summer’s Olympics in Tokyo with a silver medal.
With a professional debut scheduled for February, Torrez has promised to gain a reputation as a dominant champion.
“I’m a minor heavyweight, but I’m very active,” the Californian said Sky Sports. “I have a great engine on me and what I lack in size, I compensate for in power.
“They say you die twice. Once physically and once when the last person says your name and then I will live forever.”
Asked if he can win a world title, Torrez said: “I believe that. I believe I have the right foundation. I have the right people behind me and I also have the right mindset.
“I definitely think I will one day be.”
Britain’s bronze winner Frazer Clarke did not share the ring with Torrez in Japan, though they could cross paths in the professional ranks.
British heavyweight Frazer Clarke is also ready to join Torrez in the pro series
Prior to the Olympics, Torrez had told Sky Sports about his respect for Clarke.
“He’s a great guy, I’ve been to a lot of camps with him, we’ve had a lot of really good sparring sessions,” he said.
“He’s as good a guy as he is a boxer. He has outstanding skill and he’s a great guy.
“He’s going to be a really good competition if we meet.
“I study him, I watch movies of him – when we spar, I watch the video back.
Torrez produced a dramatic stoppage victory over Kamshybek Kunkabayev in the Olympic semi-final and eventually lost on points against Bakhodir Jalolov in an exciting final.
He now plans to make a big impact in heavyweight while America waits for another champion to be crowned after Deontay Wilder’s reign as WBC champion was ended by Tyson Fury.
“February, we hope so [start]said Torrez.
“We break down barriers and we step through doors. It’s something I’ve been dreaming of ever since I was a little kid.
“It’s something I’ve imagined this day would happen, but it’s incredible that it’s actually coming true and becoming a reality. I simply can not wait, and I hope you can not either. “