Top Rank

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Top Rank, Inc.
Type Privately held company
Industry Boxing promotion
PredecessorMain Bout
Founded1973;48 years ago (1973)
Founder
Headquarters,
United States
Key people
Bob Arum (CEO)
Website www.toprank.com

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.

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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.

History

Main Bout

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). [1] 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. [2]

Top Rank Boxing on ESPN

Top Rank Boxing on ESPN
Genre Boxing telecasts
Created byBob Arum
Presented byVarious
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
Production locationVarious boxing stadiums
Running timeVarious
Production companies
Release
Original networkESPN
Picture format
Original release
  • First run:
    April 10, 1980 (1980-04-10) – 1996 (1996)
  • Second run:
    July 2, 2017 (2017-07-02) - present (present)
External links
Website

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. [3] 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. [4]

In July 2017, Top Rank began to soft launch a new broadcasting agreement with ESPN, beginning with Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn, [5] [6] followed by two more cards in August. [7] 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. [8] [9] On August 2, 2018, ESPN extended the agreement through 2025. [10]

Current boxers

BoxerNicknameNationalityWeightRecordTitle
Carlos Adames Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Dominican Welterweight 18–0 (14 KO)
Joseph Adorno"Blessed Hands" Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Puerto Rican Lightweight 14–0–1 (12 KO)
Mike Alvarado "Mile High" Flag of the United States.svg American Welterweight 40–5 (28 KO)
Jerwin Ancajas "Pretty Boy" Flag of the Philippines.svg Filipino Super flyweight 32–1–2 (22 KO)IBF Super Flyweight champion
Jared Anderson Big Baby Flag of the United States.svg American Heavyweight 8–0 (8 KO)
Arnold Barboza Jr. Flag of the United States.svg American Light welterweight 20–0 (7 KO)
Raymundo Beltrán "Sugar" Flag of Mexico.svg Mexican Lightweight 35–8–1 (21 KO)
José Benavidez "Merciless" Flag of the United States.svg American Welterweight 27–1 (18 KO)
Alexander Besputin Flag of Russia.svg Russian Light middleweight 10–0 (8 KO)
Carlos Castro Flag of the United States.svg American Super bantamweight 20–0 (9 KO)
Jeyvier Cintrón "Perrito" Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Puerto Rican Bantamweight 6–0 (4 KO)
Michael Conlan "Mick" Flag of Ireland.svg Irish Super bantamweight 8–0 (5 KO)
Robson Conceição Flag of Brazil.svg Brazilian Lightweight 8–0 (5 KO)
Terence Crawford "Bud" Flag of the United States.svg American Welterweight 33–0 (24 KO)WBO Welterweight champion
Erick De Leon Flag of the United States.svg American Super featherweight 17–0–1 (10 KO)
Christopher Díaz "Pitufo" Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Puerto Rican Featherweight 23–1 (15 KO)
Isaac Dogboe "Brave-Son" Flag of Ghana.svg Ghanaian Super bantamweight 20–0 (14 KO)WBO Super Bantamweight champion
Esquiva Falcão Flag of Brazil.svg Brazilian Super middleweight 20–0 (14 KO)
Paul Fleming "Showtime" Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australian Super featherweight 25–0 (17 KO)
Gabriel Flores Jr. Flag of the United States.svg American Lightweight 13–0 (6 KO)
Tyson Fury "Gypsy King" Flag of the United Kingdom.svg British Heavyweight 30–0-1 (21 KO)WBC, Ring & Lineal Heavyweight champion
Fazliddin Gaibnazarov Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Uzbek Welterweight 4–0 (2 KO)
Jesse Garcia Flag of the United States.svg American Featherweight 6–0 (4 KO)
Jose Gonzalez"Chocolatito" Flag of the United States.svg American Featherweight 9–0–2 (2 KO)
Oleksandr Gvozdyk "The Nail" Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukrainian Light heavyweight 16–0 (13 KO)WBC & Lineal Light Heavyweight champion
Jeff Horn "The Hornet" Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australian Welterweight 18–1–1 (12 KO)
Jesse Hart "Hard Work" Flag of the United States.svg American Super middleweight 24–1 (20 KO)
David Kaminsky Flag of Israel.svg Israeli Light middleweight 2–0 (1 KO)
Bryant Jennings "By-By" Flag of the United States.svg American Heavyweight 23–2 (13 KO)
Egidijus Kavaliauskas Flag of Lithuania.svg Lithuanian Welterweight 20–0 (16 KO)
Vasyl Lomachenko "Hi-Tech" Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukrainian Super featherweight 14–2 (10 KO)
José López"Chino" Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Puerto Rican Light welterweight 11–1 (9 KO)
Teófimo López "El Brooklyn" Flag of Honduras (darker variant).svg Honduran Lightweight 16–0 (12 KO)WBC, WBA (Super), WBO, IBF, and The Ring Lightweight champion
Bryan Lua Flag of the United States.svg American Lightweight 5–0 (2 KO)
Quilisto Madera"Quilo the Kid" Flag of the United States.svg American Middleweight 10–1 (7 KO)
Jessie Magdaleno Flag of the United States.svg American Super bantamweight 25–1 (18 KO)
Miguel Marriaga"The Scorpion" Flag of Colombia.svg Colombian Featherweight 26–3 (22 KO)
Mikaela Mayer Flag of the United States.svg American Light welterweight 14–0 (5 KO)
Trevor McCumby Flag of the United States.svg American Light heavyweight 23–0 (18 KO)
Ryōta Murata Flag of Japan.svg Japanese Middleweight 14–1 (11 KO)WBA (Regular) Middleweight champion
Steve Nelson Flag of the United States.svg American Light heavyweight 11–0 (9 KO)
Isidro Ochoa Flag of the United States.svg American Lightweight 5–0 (1 KO)
Víctor Padilla Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Puerto Rican Lightweight 4–0 (4 KO)
José Pedraza "Sniper" Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Puerto Rican Lightweight 25–2 (12 KO)
Konstantin Ponomarev "Talant" Flag of Russia.svg Russian Welterweight 34–0 (13 KO)
Kubrat Pulev "The Cobra" Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgarian Heavyweight 28-1 (14 KO)
Duke Ragan Flag of the United States.svg American Featherweight 0–0
Jose Ramírez Flag of the United States.svg American Light welterweight 22–0 (16 KO)WBC Light Welterweight champion
Casey Ramos"The Wizard" Flag of the United States.svg American Super featherweight 24–1 (6 KO)
Mike Reed "Yes Indeed" Flag of the United States.svg American Light welterweight 23–2 (12 KO)
Jean Carlos Rivera Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Puerto Rican Featherweight 15–0 (10 KO)
Julian Rodriguez"Hammer Hands" Flag of the United States.svg American Light welterweight 16–0 (10 KO)
Alex Saucedo "El Cholo" Flag of the United States.svg American Welterweight 28–0 (18 KO)
Jason Sosa "El Canito" Flag of the United States.svg American Super featherweight 20–3–4 (15 KO)
Genesis Servania "Kashimi" Flag of the Philippines.svg Filipino Featherweight 31–1 (14 KO)
Shakur Stevenson "Sugar" Flag of the United States.svg American Bantamweight 7–0 (4 KO)
Nicholas Walters "Axe Man" Flag of Jamaica.svg Jamaican Super featherweight 26–1–1 (21 KO)
Óscar Valdez Flag of Mexico.svg Mexican Featherweight 24–0 (19 KO)WBO Featherweight champion
Danny Valdivia Flag of Mexico.svg Mexican Light middleweight 14–2 (10 KO)
Antonio Vargas "No Respect" Flag of the United States.svg American Super flyweight 6–0 (3 KO)
Bryan Vázquez "El Tiquito" Flag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rican Super featherweight 36–3 (20 KO)
Andy Vences"The Shark" Flag of the United States.svg American Lightweight 21–0–1 (12 KO)
Félix Verdejo "El Diamante" Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Puerto Rican Lightweight 23–1 (15 KO)
Henry Lebrón"Moncho" Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Puerto Rican Lightweight 6–0 (4 KO)
Lenny Zappavigna "Lenny Zappa" Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australian Light welterweight 37–4 (27 KO)
Xander Zayas Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Puerto Rican Welterweight 1–0 (1 KO)
Vijender Singh Flag of India.svg Indian Super middleweight 12-0 (8 KO)

Notable

Other events

Early in its history, Top Rank promoted the Snake River Canyon jump of daredevil Evel Knievel in September 1974. [11] [12] The event, at Twin Falls, Idaho, was shown live on paid closed circuit television in hundreds of theaters, for about ten dollars each. [13] [14] [15] The steam-powered Skycycle X-2 had a premature deployment of its parachute and Knievel survived. [14]

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References

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  12. "Congressman says Evel bad influence on kids". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. September 4, 1974. p. 2.
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