LOS ANGELES – In an unprecedented signing of world-class boxing talent, Golden Boy Promotions is pleased to announce the latest additions to the company’s roster, ten rising stars who are destined to shake up the fight game in the coming years.
“We’ve never brought in this amount of talent at one time, and I believe that when you look back at this day ten years from now, it may end up being one of the biggest days in Golden Boy’s history, because every one of these fighters has the potential to become a World Champion,” said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions.
Cameron Dunkin, who manages all ten of the young prospects, added, “I’m really excited about all of these kids. I followed their amateur careers and I believe everyone of them has championship potential and star quality. I really want to thank Oscar de la Hoya and Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions for providing these young men with such a great opportunity.
Joining Golden Boy Promotions:
Owner of six National Championships during a stellar 143-16 amateur career that also saw him ranked number one in the United States as a Junior Olympian in 2007, Cleveland’s Eduardo Alicea proudly represents his Puerto Rican heritage in the ring, and at 19, he’s well on his way to following in the footsteps of past and present greats from the boxing-rich island.
Manuel “Tino” Avila
Fairfield, California’s Manuel “Tino” Avila impressed boxing insiders with his extremely impressive 48-6 amateur record which earned a number three world ranking as a Junior Olympian. The 18-year old will soon make his pro debut under the watchful eye of trainer Al La Gardo.
21-year old Alfonso Blanco was a member of the 2008 Venezuelan Olympic team who won numerous national and international ttournaments while also achieving a coveted number one world ranking during his 157-21 amateur career. The 21-year old Caracas native now lives in Oxnard, California where he is trained by former world champion Robert Garcia. He made his professional debut Friday night and scored a unanimous decision victory over Alfredo Rivera.
4-0 (4 KO’s)
A nine-time National Champion with 167 amateur victories to his name, 19-year old Coachella, California bantamweight Randy Caballero has been poison to his opposition ever since he first laced up the gloves. Opponents in the pros haven’t been spared either, as Caballero has stopped all four of his foes in the first round, with three of them unable to make it out of the opening minute.
5-0 (5 KO’s)
Smiths Station, Alabama native Michael Finney was an amateur sensation, ranked number one in the United States as a Junior Olympian in 2008, he ended his amateur career with a 119-29 record. Still just 18, Finney turned pro in February of 2010, and with Kenny Adams in his corner, the Las Vegas resident has sailed to an impressive 5-0 record that includes four first round knockouts.
Fidel Maldonado Jr.
4-0 (4 KO’s)
Trained by his father, Fidel Maldonado Jr. has done his family proud thus far in his boxing career, earning a number two USA ranking in 2008 and finishing up his amateur career with a 118-12 record. In December of 2009, the 19-year old southpaw made his pro debut, and he has yet to let any of his four opponents hear the bell for round two.
Trevor Dean McCumby*
A native of Yorkville, Illinois who now makes his home in Glendale, Arizona, 17-year old Trevor Dean McCumby won seven National Championships over the course of an amateur career that saw him compile a 138-11 record. The 6 foot 1 light heavyweight turns 18 on September 22.
Gabino “Kid Showtime” Saenz
1-0 (1 KO)
The 5’7″ right-handed featherweight from Indio, California had an impressive amateur record of 137-12. The 21-year-old participated in the 2008 Olympic Trials and won 11 National Amateur Championships. In July, he made his pro debut with a 34 second thrilling win over Brandon Sanchez.
4-0 (4 KO’s)
A proud torch carrier of Accra, Ghana’s rich boxing tradition, 2008 Olympian Samir put together a 96-7 amateur record and a number four world ranking. He is well known for breaking the headgear of an opponent with a punch during a bout in the 2008 Games. The 23-year old kicked off his pro career in November of 2008 and since then has been based in Las Vegas. The Kenny Adams-trained fighter has drawn rave reviews for his work, knocking out each of his opponents in the first round.
4-0 (3 KO’s)
A native of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, 21-year old Mikael Zewski first came to the attention of the boxing world during a stellar amateur career that saw him compile a 138-29 record that included a win over Cuban star Carlos Suarez Banteaux. A four-time Canadian National Champion, Zewski counted among his accolades a Silver Medal at the 2004 Youth Pan Am Championship and a fifth place finish in the 2009 Senior World Championships. He is unbeaten as a professional with a record of 4-0 with three wins coming by way of knockout.
*Because of his age and status as a minor, McCumber has not signed his contract, but all terms have been agreed to and he will officially sign following his 18th birthday on September 22 this coming week.
More information will be furnished in the coming weeks regarding the Golden Boy debuts of all of the prospects.
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