Two-time Puerto Rican Olympian Jeyvier Cintron signed a deal with Top Rank on Wednesday, and is set to fight professionally as a bantamweight.
Cintron made the quarterfinal round at London 2012 and was out in his first fight at Rio 2016, but despite falling short of medals in the Olympics, looked like a pro prospect in both games. He’s been a standout amateur for years now in international competition, and also has quite the hairdo.
The 22-year-old Cintron doesn’t have a pro debut set yet, but could be moved fairly swiftly once he does get going. That said, he’s young and has a lot of time and room to grow as a professional.
Cintron follows Ivan Calderon, Miguel Cotto, and Felix Verdejo as notable Puerto Rican Olympians who have gone on to sign with Top Rank out of the amateurs in recent years.
"Everyone knows that Top Rank has worked on the career of the biggest stars in boxing; and although I had some other offers, we decided to go with Top Rank, because I know they will guide me through this new process,” he said on Wednesday. “I'm going to work hard in the gym to keep putting the name of Puerto Rico as high as possible, like I have always done.”