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Top amateur Javier Martinez signs with Top Rank, turns pro on June 30

The Milwaukee native fought at 165 pounds in the amateurs.

2020 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team Trials Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Milwaukee’s Javier Martinez, a top-rated amateur in the United States, has signed a multi-year deal with Top Rank.

The 24-year-old fought at 165 pounds in the amateurs and was selected as an alternate for the 2020 Olympic team, which will now be the 2021 Olympic team if anything. Once he was made an alternate, Martinez made the decision to go pro.

“I knew it would be hard for me to qualify for the Olympics, so when I found out they chose someone else, it made no sense for me to stay,” Martinez said. “I got this opportunity from Top Rank, so why not? I have a great promotional company and manager behind me.

“I’ve just been beating everyone in the country the past three, four years, so the time was right to make my next move.”

Martinez will turn pro on June 30, an ESPN card set to be headlined by Alex Saucedo vs Sonny Fredrickson.

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