Top Rank Olympian binge continues

Top Rank continued its 2012 Olympic signing binge this week when Bob Arum announced he had signed two-time Olympian Egidijus Kavaliauskas of Lithuania to his stable.

Kavaliauskas (4-0, 3 KOs), a 25-year-old welterweight, has fought three of his four professional fights on Top Rank cards. Now he and the company have a formal relationship.

His first bout under the deal is a scheduled six-rounder on March 29 at the Texas Station Gambling Hall in Las Vegas.

Kavaliauskas, who is trained by Robert Garcia, boxed for Lithuania in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. He was a bronze medalist at the 2011 world championships.

Kavaliauskas is managed by Egis Klimas, who also manages featherweight super prospect Vasyl Lomachenko, the two-time Olympic medalist.

“Kavaliauskas will put his mark on the welterweight division and will bring Lithuania onto the pro boxing map," Klimas said.

If you are keeping track at home, it brings the number of 2012 Olympians that Top Rank has signed has to 10, including gold medalists Lomachenko (Ukraine), Zou Shiming (China), Ryota Murata (Japan), Egor Mekhontcev (Russia), silver medalist Esquiva Falcao (Brazil), bronze medalist Alexander Gvozdyk (Ukraine), Jose Ramirez (United States), Felix Verdejo (Puerto Rico) and Oscar Valdez (Mexico).