Egis Klimas likes what he sees in new Top Rank signee David Kaminsky
Israel born, California resident and super welterweight David Kaminsky recently inked a contract with Las Vegas-based Top Rank and the Sin City promotional powerhouse is very excited about the prospects for this talented 17-year-old.
Kaminsky, who was 94-8 as an amateur, enters the paid ranks with some impressive credentials that include a gold medal at the 2017 U.S. Western Elite Qualifier & Regional Open Championships, a bronze medal at the 2017 U.S. Youth Open and a silver medal at the 2016 U.S. Youth Nationals.
While quite young, Top Rank matchmakers have been very impressed with what they have seen and delivered very positive scouting reports on the Tarzana, California resident.
In a recent interview, Kaminsky was thrilled to be signed with Top Rank and is excited to get his pro career underway.
“I feel very fortunate to be signed under Top Rank,” said Kaminsky, who is trained by his father Tolik Kaminsky. “This is a big steppingstone in my boxing career. I have worked for this day my entire life and I wouldn’t want to be with any other team. I believe behind every great boxer is a great team and I am very excited for this journey.”
Kaminsky, who has regularly sparred with pros throughout his amateur career, is confident in all areas of his game and believes he can adapt to most any style in the ring.
“I can do every different style for every different fighter,” said Kaminsky. “Once I step into the ring, I pick up a style right away. We have been working for so many years and we pick up styles from different types of fighters. So if I need to be slick, I can be slick. If I need pressure, I can use pressure. If I need to move on my feet, I move on my feet. But I do have a punch. I like to hit with power.”
Manager Egis Klimas is handling Kaminsky and brought his new charge to Top Rank, adamant that they should take a close look at the talented teen.
Klimas knows a thing or two about managing elite-level, fighters having a stable that includes two-division titlist Vasyl Lomachenko and light heavyweight beltholder Sergey Kovalev, among others.
UCNLive caught up with Klimas to get his thoughts on his new signee and it was clear he was excited to see Kaminsky in the ring as a pro.
“He is a very good fighter. He is very strong and was a good amateur,” said Klimas.
Asked about signing him to a professional contract at such a young age, Klimas was confident Kaminsky was more than ready for the pro game.
“I knew his father and we had talked in the past about speaking when he was ready to turn professional. Last summer, we talked, as they were frustrated with the amateur program. His dad called me and we spoke about him going pro. Even though he was fighting in the amateurs, he usually only sparred with professionals. He would come to my gym in Oxnard and he would spar with my guys and he held his own with some very good pros. His dad called and said, ‘We are ready to go professional.’ So, I took them to Top Rank and here we are,” said Klimas.
Klimas realizes that, at Kaminsky’s age, there is no rush, at this stage, as he needs time to get used to the pro game and develop.
“He is young, only age 17,” said Klimas. “There is no reason to rush him right now. He will fight either at 147 or maybe will move up to 154. For his debut, we have right in the middle and will fight at 150. Then, we will see how he feels and see where we go from there. He is still young and his body is still growing.”
It was also clear that the brass at Top Rank was very impressed when they saw Kaminsky, as well. They also aren’t wasting any time getting him into the ring, as he will make his professional debut on February 3, on ESPN, at the American Bank Center, in Corpus Christi, Texas.
“The matchmakers from Top Rank, Brad Goodman and Bruce Trampler, were very surprised how well (Kaminsky) handled himself. They were every impressed,” said Klimas. “He is a very strong fighter and handles himself very well in the ring. Maybe he will be the youngest world champion yet for Top Rank?”