Top Rank roped up 17-year-old Abdullah Mason, who is set to turn pro in a four-round bout on November 5. The amateur star is part of the Mason Brothers family of fighters.
Abdullah was scheduled to box on the Mikaela Mayer-Maiva Hamadouche undercard at the Theater at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas on Friday.
The teenager has been dubbed one of America’s most exciting boxers, led by James Prince and co-promoted by Antonio Leonard Promotions.
He won 65 of his 80 fights in his amateur career.
âI want to thank Bob Arum, Top Rank, James Prince, Antonio Leonard and my family for this incredible honor,â Mason said. “My dad and I thought it was a good time to take the next step.”
Abdullah was seen training with Devin Haney, Shakur Stevenson and Darwin Price. His four brothers – Amir, 24, Adel, 22, Abdurrahman, 19 and Ibrahim, 15 – are trained by his father Valiant Mason.
Top Rank boss Bob Arum seems excited after handing over the professional contract to Abdullah.
âHe’s fought against the best pros in the world, and everyone I’ve spoken to is raving about his talent and work ethic,â said Arum. “It takes a special kind of kid to be a pro so young, and I have no doubt he’ll live up to the bill.”