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Welterweight prospect Art Barrera Jr signs promotional pact with Top Rank

Welterweight prospect Art Barrera Jr., the latest pugilistic prodigy from the renowned Robert Garcia Boxing Academy, has inked a long-term promotional contract with Top Rank.

The 18-year-old Barrera, a native of Lynwood, California, returns in a six-rounder against Javier Mayoral (6-5-1, 1 KO) on Saturday, July 13, on the ESPN+-streamed Janibek Alimkhanuly-Andrei Mikhailovich undercard at Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

“Art is an elite talent with an incredible team. He has all the makings of a superstar,” said Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum.

“He’s shown his prodigious talent on three Top Rank cards this year, and I can’t wait to see him back in action July 13 in Las Vegas.”

Barrera said, “I’m excited to officially join the Top Rank stable. All my hard work is paying off. As a professional, I’ve showcased my skills on three Top Rank shows and dominated each time. They’ve seen what I’m capable of, and I’m grateful for their trust. I’m ready to take my career to the next level.”

“Art Barrera Jr is one of the best young prospects I have had in recent memory,” said Robert Garcia, Barrera’s trainer and manager.

“Great speed, timing, and power. At the young age of 18, he has already had the chance to spar and learn from some of the best fighters in the world, including Vergil Ortiz Jr., Brandun Lee, Lindolfo Delgado, Jose Ramirez, Jose ‘El Rayo’ Valenzuela, and many more.

“Art has a very bright future, and with the help of Top Rank, I believe we have a future star in the sport of boxing.”

Barrera (5-0, 4 KOs) debuted as a pro in August 2023 with a second-round stoppage against Raymundo Rios Cardiel and continued his momentum less than two months later with a first-round knockout win over Darek Costilla.

Barrera initiated his 2024 campaign in February by blasting out Michael Portales in the opening round on the Teofimo Lopez-Jamaine Ortiz undercard.

He returned in March and dispatched Keven Soto in only two rounds.

In May, he went the distance for the first time, beating Levy Garcia Benitez from pillar to post before earning a unanimous points verdict.

Credit: Top Rank Boxing 

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