Top Rank Signs Amateur Boxer Duke Ragan
In its quest to secure young talent, Top Rank has been able to grab a top prospect within boxing.
It was announced that the promotion has signed amateur standout Duke Ragan to a multi-year promotional agreement. Ragan, 22, will be co-promoted by Antonio Leonard Promotions. He works with Kay Koroma, who works with current and former champions like Shakur Stevenson, Mikaela Mayer, Jarrett Hurd, and Efe Ajagba.
“Cincinnati has produced countless great fighters, and we believe Duke Ragan will be the next world champion from the ‘Queen City.’ He is mature beyond his years, and with Kay Koroma, James Prince and Antonio Leonard on his team, he has a wonderful support system,” Bob Arum stated.
Ragan will be competing in the featherweight division, which has produced Stevenson, Emanuel Navarrete, and Jessie Magdaleno. He started his amateur career in 2008 and has amassed a 60-21 record with two knockout wins. His last fight was a split decision loss at the hands of David Navarro in December.
Fighting all over, Ragan is a celebrated star. Ragan won silver in the 2017 World Championships in Hamburg, Germany. He also finished second in the 2019 Pan American Games. One of the reasons he decided to turn professional was a result of the 2020 Olympics being postponed to 2021.
“This opportunity means the world to me,” Ragan said. “Since I didn’t go to the Olympics, becoming a world champion is my next goal. My jab, counterpunching ability, and stamina are more suited to the pro game. When I fought with headgear, I was hurting guys but not knocking them out. You’ll see more knockouts from me as a pro.”
Top Rank has yet to announce an opponent or date for his debut.