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David Kaminsky becomes second-youngest fighter to sign with Top Rank

In late 2016, Top Rank signed junior lightweight prospect Gabriel Flores Jr., who was 16 at the time and had to wait until he was 17 to legally box in the United States.

He was the youngest fighter Top Rank had ever signed in its more than 50 years of promoting boxing.

Teen junior middleweight prospect David Kaminsky of Israel, who lives and trains in California, becomes the second-youngest fighter to sign with Top Rank. Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Now David Kaminsky is joining him as the second-youngest fighter Bob Arum's company has ever signed.

Top Rank announced on Wednesday that it has signed the 17-year-old junior middleweight prospect to a promotional contract. Kaminsky, a native of Israel who lives in Tarzana, California and trains at his father's gym in Reseda, California, is scheduled to make his professional debut in a four-round bout against Rafael Munoz (1-2-1, 0 KOs) on Feb. 3 on the Top Rank ESPN card at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The fight will take place on the undercard of super middleweight world titleholder Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez's defense against Habib Ahmed. Kaminsky's bout will be streamed live on the ESPN App.

Kaminsky, who was 94-8 as an amateur, is managed by Egis Klimas, the 2016 Boxing Writers Association of American manager of the year who handles such top fighters as pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko and light heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalev, and trained by Tolik Kaminsky, his father.

Arum said his matchmakers, Bruce Trampler and Brad "Abdul" Goodman, scouted Kaminsky and were impressed.

"Bruce and Brad have seen him and Egis is a very good judge of talent and he was adamant that this kid could fight," Arum said. "He handles himself well with these professional fighters and he had a good amateur record. He has all the qualifications and recommendations from the people I rely on. And he's a nice boy and his father is boxing guy, so I have high hopes for him."

Arum, who is Jewish, also said he hoped to lead another Jewish fighter to a world title like he did with former junior middleweight titlist Yuri Foreman in 2009.

"Only once in my career did I hear the shofar blown before a fight when Yuri fought Miguel Cotto (at Yankee Stadium in 2010) and I want to hear that again," Arum said.

Kaminsky, an 11th grader who is home schooled as he works toward a high school diploma, has experience sparring with professionals fighters such as former world champions Shane Mosley and Viktor Postol and reigning junior welterweight world titleholder Sergey Lipinets.

"I feel very fortunate to be signed under Top Rank," said Kaminsky, a southpaw, who moved with his family from Israel to California when he was 3. "This is a big stepping stone in my boxing career. I have worked for this day my entire life and I wouldn't want to be with any other team. I believe behind every great boxer is a great team, and I am very excited for this journey.

"I can do every different style for every different fighter. Once I step into the ring, I pick up a style right away. We have been working for so many years and we pick up styles from different types of fighters. So if I need to be slick, I can be slick. If I need pressure, I can use pressure. If I need to move on my feet, I move on my feet. But I do have a punch. I like to hit with power."

Kaminsky's amateur accomplishments include winning a gold medal at the 2017 U.S. Western Elite Qualifier & Regional Open Championships, a bronze medal at the 2017 U.S. Youth Open and a silver medal at the 2016 U.S. Youth Nationals.

Author: Dan Rafael, ESPN
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