About 18 months ago, welterweight Carlos Adames served as a sparring partner for 2017 ESPN.com fighter of the year Terence Crawford and made an impression on those who saw him.
Since then, the 23-year-old Adames has continued to develop, and this week, Top Rank, which promotes Crawford, signed him to a multiyear promotional agreement.
"Carlos is clearly a five-star, Division I [-level] recruit and a prospect who is ready to break out in the talent-filled welterweight division," Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti said. "All of us at Top Rank, along with his manager Jorge Herasme, can't wait to catapult him to the next level. Carlos' exciting all-gas, no-brakes style of fighting will resonate with all boxing fans."
Moretti said others were also after Adames (13-0, 11 KOs), who knocked out two-time Venezuelan Olympian Patrick Lopez in the fourth round in 2016 and toyed with former junior middleweight world titleholder Carlos Molina in a near-shutout 11-round decision in July.
Of his signing, Adames said, "Today is a big day in my professional career. Today I'm taking a big step. I believe Top Rank is the perfect match for me. They have the track record and the experience to guide me and help me fulfill my dreams. I want to be a world champion. I want to be the best welterweight fighter in the world, and to get there, I want to battle against the best fighters the welterweight division has to offer. I believe in myself, and I know I have the abilities necessary to beat the best."
Adames was reportedly 240-22 as an amateur and won gold medals in tournaments such as the 2015 Jose Cheo Aponte Tournament in Caguas, Puerto Rico, 2013 Bolivarian Games, 2012 Pan American Youth Championships and 2012 Dominican Republic Youth National Championships.
His first fight under Top Rank's banner has not yet been scheduled.
"This is a big step, not only for Adames, but this is also a big step for the Dominican Republic," Herasme said. "Adames is one of the best fighters that the [Dominican Republic] has, and in his shoulders, he carries the responsibility of showing how good he [is and] also the responsibility of opening the door for other up-and-coming prospects from the Dominican Republic."