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|Type||Privately held company|
|Bob Arum (CEO)|
Top Rank, Inc. is a boxing promotional company founded by Jabir Herbert Muhammad and Bob Arum, which was incorporated in 1973, and is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Since its founding, Top Rank has promoted many world class fighters, including Muhammad Ali, Alexis Argüello, Oscar De La Hoya, Roberto Durán, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Marvin Hagler, Juan Manuel Marquez, Manny Pacquiao, Sugar Ray Leonard, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Erik Morales, Thomas Hearns, Paulie Ayala, Iran Barkley, Michael Carbajal, Larry Holmes, Ray Mancini, Carlos Monzón, Terry Norris, Gabriel Ruelas, Rafael Ruelas, James Toney, Kubrat Pulev and Tyson Fury.
The company has promoted such superfights as Hagler vs Leonard, Chavez vs De La Hoya, Holyfield vs Foreman, Foreman vs Moorer, Leonard vs Hearns, Hagler vs Hearns, Ali vs Frazier II and both Ali vs Spinks fights. The company also promoted George Foreman's comeback to regain the world championship, culminating in the knockout of then IBF/WBA champion Michael Moorer on November 5, 1994.
The precursor to Top Rank was Main Bout, a company founded by Muhammad Ali in 1966 to promote his fights. Along with Muhammad Ali, other early equity owners of the company included Jabir Herbert Muhammad, Bob Arum, and John Ali (chief aide to Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad).The company was founded after the Muhammad Ali vs. Floyd Patterson fight, and the company mainly handled Ali's boxing promotions and pay-per-view closed-circuit television broadcasts in the late 1960s. The company's stockholders included several other fellow Nation of Islam members.
|Top Rank Boxing on ESPN|
|Created by||Bob Arum|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Production location||Various boxing stadiums|
In the early 1980s, Top Rank Boxing and then-fledgling ESPN formed a partnership to bring a weekly boxing to the cable network which culminated with the first regularly televised boxing series since 1964. The first event was held on April 10, 1980 in Atlantic City, when middleweight Frank Fletcher decisioned Ben Serrano.The original Top Rank Boxing on ESPN was the longest-running cable series and weekly boxing series in history, after celebrating its 16th consecutive year in 1996. ESPN broke away from the contract afterward, replacing it with Friday Night Fights —a new series that would feature fights from other promotions and aired on ESPN2.
In July 2017, Top Rank began to soft launch a new broadcasting agreement with ESPN, beginning with Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn,followed by two more cards in August. That month, ESPN officially announced a multi-year agreement, calling for events airing across ESPN linear and digital properties (including its recently-launched subscription service ESPN+), and an option to carry events on pay-per-view. On August 2, 2018, ESPN extended the agreement through 2025.
|Carlos Adames||Dominican||Welterweight||18–0 (14 KO)|
|Joseph Adorno||"Blessed Hands"||Puerto Rican||Lightweight||14–0–1 (12 KO)|
|Mike Alvarado||"Mile High"||American||Welterweight||40–5 (28 KO)|
|Jerwin Ancajas||"Pretty Boy"||Filipino||Super flyweight||32–1–2 (22 KO)||IBF Super Flyweight champion|
|Jared Anderson||Big Baby||American||Heavyweight||8–0 (8 KO)|
|Arnold Barboza Jr.||American||Light welterweight||20–0 (7 KO)|
|Raymundo Beltrán||"Sugar"||Mexican||Lightweight||35–8–1 (21 KO)|
|José Benavidez||"Merciless"||American||Welterweight||27–1 (18 KO)|
|Alexander Besputin||Russian||Light middleweight||10–0 (8 KO)|
|Carlos Castro||American||Super bantamweight||20–0 (9 KO)|
|Jeyvier Cintrón||"Perrito"||Puerto Rican||Bantamweight||6–0 (4 KO)|
|Michael Conlan||"Mick"||Irish||Super bantamweight||8–0 (5 KO)|
|Robson Conceição||Brazilian||Lightweight||8–0 (5 KO)|
|Terence Crawford||"Bud"||American||Welterweight||33–0 (24 KO)||WBO Welterweight champion|
|Erick De Leon||American||Super featherweight||17–0–1 (10 KO)|
|Christopher Díaz||"Pitufo"||Puerto Rican||Featherweight||23–1 (15 KO)|
|Isaac Dogboe||"Brave-Son"||Ghanaian||Super bantamweight||20–0 (14 KO)||WBO Super Bantamweight champion|
|Esquiva Falcão||Brazilian||Super middleweight||20–0 (14 KO)|
|Paul Fleming||"Showtime"||Australian||Super featherweight||25–0 (17 KO)|
|Gabriel Flores Jr.||American||Lightweight||13–0 (6 KO)|
|Tyson Fury||"Gypsy King"||British||Heavyweight||30–0-1 (21 KO)||WBC, Ring & Lineal Heavyweight champion|
|Fazliddin Gaibnazarov||Uzbek||Welterweight||4–0 (2 KO)|
|Jesse Garcia||American||Featherweight||6–0 (4 KO)|
|Jose Gonzalez||"Chocolatito"||American||Featherweight||9–0–2 (2 KO)|
|Oleksandr Gvozdyk||"The Nail"||Ukrainian||Light heavyweight||16–0 (13 KO)||WBC & Lineal Light Heavyweight champion|
|Jeff Horn||"The Hornet"||Australian||Welterweight||18–1–1 (12 KO)|
|Jesse Hart||"Hard Work"||American||Super middleweight||24–1 (20 KO)|
|David Kaminsky||Israeli||Light middleweight||2–0 (1 KO)|
|Bryant Jennings||"By-By"||American||Heavyweight||23–2 (13 KO)|
|Egidijus Kavaliauskas||Lithuanian||Welterweight||20–0 (16 KO)|
|Vasyl Lomachenko||"Hi-Tech"||Ukrainian||Super featherweight||14–2 (10 KO)|
|José López||"Chino"||Puerto Rican||Light welterweight||11–1 (9 KO)|
|Teófimo López||"El Brooklyn"||Honduran||Lightweight||16–0 (12 KO)||WBC, WBA (Super), WBO, IBF, and The Ring Lightweight champion|
|Bryan Lua||American||Lightweight||5–0 (2 KO)|
|Quilisto Madera||"Quilo the Kid"||American||Middleweight||10–1 (7 KO)|
|Jessie Magdaleno||American||Super bantamweight||25–1 (18 KO)|
|Miguel Marriaga||"The Scorpion"||Colombian||Featherweight||26–3 (22 KO)|
|Mikaela Mayer||American||Light welterweight||14–0 (5 KO)|
|Trevor McCumby||American||Light heavyweight||23–0 (18 KO)|
|Ryōta Murata||Japanese||Middleweight||14–1 (11 KO)||WBA (Regular) Middleweight champion|
|Steve Nelson||American||Light heavyweight||11–0 (9 KO)|
|Isidro Ochoa||American||Lightweight||5–0 (1 KO)|
|Víctor Padilla||Puerto Rican||Lightweight||4–0 (4 KO)|
|José Pedraza||"Sniper"||Puerto Rican||Lightweight||25–2 (12 KO)|
|Konstantin Ponomarev||"Talant"||Russian||Welterweight||34–0 (13 KO)|
|Kubrat Pulev||"The Cobra"||Bulgarian||Heavyweight||28-1 (14 KO)|
|Jose Ramírez||American||Light welterweight||22–0 (16 KO)||WBC Light Welterweight champion|
|Casey Ramos||"The Wizard"||American||Super featherweight||24–1 (6 KO)|
|Mike Reed||"Yes Indeed"||American||Light welterweight||23–2 (12 KO)|
|Jean Carlos Rivera||Puerto Rican||Featherweight||15–0 (10 KO)|
|Julian Rodriguez||"Hammer Hands"||American||Light welterweight||16–0 (10 KO)|
|Alex Saucedo||"El Cholo"||American||Welterweight||28–0 (18 KO)|
|Jason Sosa||"El Canito"||American||Super featherweight||20–3–4 (15 KO)|
|Genesis Servania||"Kashimi"||Filipino||Featherweight||31–1 (14 KO)|
|Shakur Stevenson||"Sugar"||American||Bantamweight||7–0 (4 KO)|
|Nicholas Walters||"Axe Man"||Jamaican||Super featherweight||26–1–1 (21 KO)|
|Óscar Valdez||Mexican||Featherweight||24–0 (19 KO)||WBO Featherweight champion|
|Danny Valdivia||Mexican||Light middleweight||14–2 (10 KO)|
|Antonio Vargas||"No Respect"||American||Super flyweight||6–0 (3 KO)|
|Bryan Vázquez||"El Tiquito"||Costa Rican||Super featherweight||36–3 (20 KO)|
|Andy Vences||"The Shark"||American||Lightweight||21–0–1 (12 KO)|
|Félix Verdejo||"El Diamante"||Puerto Rican||Lightweight||23–1 (15 KO)|
|Henry Lebrón||"Moncho"||Puerto Rican||Lightweight||6–0 (4 KO)|
|Lenny Zappavigna||"Lenny Zappa"||Australian||Light welterweight||37–4 (27 KO)|
|Xander Zayas||Puerto Rican||Welterweight||1–0 (1 KO)|
|Vijender Singh||Indian||Super middleweight||12-0 (8 KO)|
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