Rick Mirigian and MTK Global announced the signing of junior welterweight contender Arnold Barboza Jr. Barboza Jr (25-0, 10 KOs) will be advised by MTK Global and managed by Mirigian. The 29 year-old Californian was last in action in October where he defeated (and retired) Alex Saucedo by unanimous decision. Barboza hopes to become a world champion in the near future. Speaking on the signing, Barboza Jr said: “It means a lot to me to sign with Rick Mirigian as my manager as he has proven what he can do for guys, along with MTK Global as my advisor. I now feel like the power team is complete and I’m in the best position I could be in to challenge for a world title soon. I am looking forward to a big 2021.”
MTK Global CEO Bob Yalen said: “We’re thrilled to be kicking off 2021 in a huge way by announcing the signing of Arnold Barboza Jr. He’s already shown in his career so far that he has all the tools to make it to the very top, and we’re confident that by working alongside Rick Mirigian and Top Rank on another big time fighter that we can help him achieve his dream of becoming world champion.”
Mirigian added: “Our immediate goal is to position Arnold for a world title fight this year. We have a plan and map laid out for it. He’s hungry, humble and one of the best guys in the world in his weight class. At 25-0, some very big fights await for him and I’m grateful for the opportunity to manage him.”
Barboza Jr is the latest American to team up with MTK Global and Mirigian, following the signings of Vergil Ortiz, Joshua Franco, Hector Tanajara, Misael Rodriguez and Jonathan Navarro.