Top U.S. Boxing Amateur Signs With Top Rank
After not earning the right to compete in the Olympics, Javier Martinez is forging his own path to greatness. The 24-year-old has officially signed with Top Rank and will be making his ESPN debut on June 30 from inside the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas.
Boxing Scene previously reported that Martinez signed with Tim VanNewhouse of Split-T Management.
“With Javier’s amateur credentials, fan-friendly style, and Top Rank’s amazing track record at developing amateurs into champions, this is a win-win for everyone,” said VanNewhouse in a press release. “I look forward to a big future for Javier, and I’m eager for everyone to see his pro debut on ESPN June 30.”
Born in Wisconsin, Martinez captured five national titles, the first one when he was 13. He is a USA Elite National Champion and has over 160 amateur bouts to his name. Martinez won the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials but was chosen as an alternate for the team. He became one of three boxers to figure out his fight future as a result of USA Boxing’s recent decision. With the 2020 Summer Games postponed until 2021, Martinez believed it was time to show the world what he can really do.
“I knew it would be hard for me to qualify for the Olympics, so when I found out they chose someone else, it made no sense for me to stay,” Martinez would end up stating. “I got this opportunity from Top Rank, so why not? I have a great promotional company and manager behind me.
“I’ve just been beating everyone in the country the past three, four years, so the time was right to make my next move.”
Competing as a middleweight, Martinez will be fighting for his seven-year-old kid and the rest of his family. It is unknown who he will face in his Top Rank debut.