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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 and Vijender Singh.

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.

HistoryEdit

Main BoutEdit

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 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 ESPNEdit

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.

On June 17, 2017, The Ring reported that Top Rank was nearing a two-year deal to air a package of fights on ESPN, citing growing dissatisfaction with cuts to HBO's boxing coverage that limited scheduling options for fights. Top Rank had declined to give HBO the rights to Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn. The partnership was also said to include access to ESPN's archives for their new over-the-top service, ESPN+. On June 19, 2017, ESPN confirmed that it would broadcast Pacquiao vs. Horn, which will launch a revived version of Top Rank Boxing.[3]

Legal disputesEdit

Top Rank was involved in a legal dispute with Golden Boy Promotions (owned by De La Hoya, whom the company formerly promoted) involving eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao which was settled to allow for future Top Rank fighters facing Golden Boy Promotions fighters starting in October 2007 with Pacquiao vs. Barrera 2, Cotto vs. Mosley in November 2007, Pacquiao vs. Marquez 2 in March 2008, Hopkins vs. Pavlik in November 2008, De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao in December 2008, Mosley vs. Margarito in January 2009, and Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton in May 2009.

Top Rank owner Bob Arum has also had a long-standing feud with owner of Don King Productions, Don King. The two have been accused of having a strangle hold over the sport of boxing and have had several altercations over the forty plus years they have been competing with each other.

Current boxersEdit

Boxer Nickname Nationality Weight Record Title
Carlos Adames   Dominican Welterweight 14–0 (11 KO)
Joseph Adorno "Blessed Hands"   Puerto Rican Lightweight 9–0 (9 KO)
Mike Alvarado "Mile High"   American Welterweight 39–4 (27 KO)
Jerwin Ancajas "Pretty Boy"   Filipino Super flyweight 30–1–1 (20 KO) IBF Super flyweight champion
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 27–0 (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)
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 12–1 (9 KO) WBA (Super), WBO & The Ring Lightweight champion
José López "Chino"   Puerto Rican Light welterweight 11–1 (9 KO)
Teófimo López "El Brooklyn"   Honduran Lightweight 10–0 (8 KO)
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 6–0 (3 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)
Manny Pacquiao "Pac Man"   Filipino Welterweight 60–7–2 (39 KO)
Víctor Padilla   Puerto Rican Lightweight 4–0 (4 KO)
Joseph Parker   New Zealander Heavyweight 24–1 (18 KO)
José Pedraza "Sniper"   Puerto Rican Lightweight 25–2 (12 KO)
Konstantin Ponomarev "Talant"   Russian Welterweight 34–0 (13 KO)
Gilberto Ramírez "Zurdo"   Mexican Super middleweight 38–0 (25 KO) WBO Super middleweight champion
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)
Andy Ruiz "Destroyer"   American Heavyweight 31–1 (20 KO) WBA IBF WBO Heavyweight Champion
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   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)
Vijender Singh "Vijender"   Indian Super middleweight 11-0 (8 KO)

NotableEdit

Other eventsEdit

Early in its history, Top Rank promoted the Snake River Canyon jump of daredevil Evel Knievel in September 1974.[4][5] The event, at Twin Falls, Idaho, was shown live on paid closed circuit television in hundreds of theaters, for about ten dollars each.[6][7][8] The steam-powered Skycycle X-2 had a premature deployment of its parachute and Knievel survived.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Risk vs. Reward". Top Rank Boxing. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  2. ^ Ezra, Michael (2013). The Economic Civil Rights Movement: African Americans and the Struggle for Economic Power. Routledge. p. 105. ISBN 9781136274756.
  3. ^ "ESPN to televise Manny Pacquiao's next fight as part of new Top Rank agreement". Bloody Elbow (SB Nation). Vox Media. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Is he an athlete, daredevil, promoter, hoax, or a nut?". Spartanburg Herald. South Carolina. Associated Press. June 25, 1974. p. B2.
  5. ^ "Congressman says Evel bad influence on kids". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. September 4, 1974. p. 2.
  6. ^ "Evel Knievel canyon leap today". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. September 8, 1974. p. 16.
  7. ^ a b Sellard, Dan (September 9, 1974). "Evel Knievel's leap at canyon ends in draw". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 1B.
  8. ^ "Snake River Canyon Jump". Chicago Tribune. (advertisement). September 6, 1974. p. 2, section 3.

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