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Top Rank prospects await pro debuts

Teofimo Lopez. Photo courtesy of
Fighters Network

When scouting talent to sign to a promotional contract, Top Rank Promotions looks at the intangibles, including ability and marketability. The company’s most recent signings have been no exception.

Over the last month or so, Top Rank has signed promotional deals with Robson Conceicao, Teofimo Lopez and Michael Conlan.

Lightweights Conceicao and Lopez will make their professional debuts this Saturday at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. Both fights will take place in support of the WBO welterweight title clash between Jessie Vargas and Manny Pacquiao.

Conceicao will face Clay Burns in a six-round bout, while Lopez faces Ishwar Siquieros in a four-round bout.

Conlan will make his professional debut at Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 17 of next year.

Brad Goodman, Top Rank’s executive matchmaker, saw the potential and talent Conceicao displayed during his run toward winning a gold medal at the recent Olympic Games this summer.

“The hype and insanity in Rio anytime Robson fought was off the charts,” said Goodman, who was in Rio de Janeiro to scout talent. “It seemed his popularity increased. The country literally stopped during his gold medal match.”

Conceicao won the gold medal this year after falling short in two previous attempts (2008 and 1012).

Lopez represented Honduras this year in Rio de Janeiro. The 19-year-old lost in the opening round but many boxing insiders are impressed with the pro style Lopez possesses.

Lopez resides in Davie, Florida and is a 2015 National Golden Gloves champion. With an excellent track record of building prospects to become world titleholders, Top Rank is very high on all three fighters.

“When we sign fighters, we (at Top Rank) look at ability and marketability. All three possess those qualities. They’re going to be excellent pros,” said Goodman.




Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.



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