Top Rank announced on Wednesday that it has signed featherweight Chris “The Boy” Zavala, 18, of Long Beach, California, to a multi-year promotional agreement. Zavala was 125-9 and among the top amateurs in the United States. He won 2015 National Golden Gloves title at 125 pounds. He will make his professional debut on the Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card June 30 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on the undercard of Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez’s super middleweight world title defense against Roamer Alexis Angulo. ESPN+ will stream the entire card, including Zavala’s debut, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET. “As a fighter, signing with Top Rank is a dream come true,” Zavala said. “And to have Richard Anthony as a manager, I could say it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time. My family and I together, we’ve all worked hard to get exactly to this point. They are the reason why I fight and why I get up every day morning and train as hard as I do.” Since he was 9, Zavala has been trained by Manny Robles, who also trains featherweight titlist Oscar Valdez and former junior featherweight titlist Jessie Magdaleno.

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