By Rick Reeno
BoxingScene.com has been advised that ten more fighters have come on board with adviser/manager Al Haymon.
Regarding as the most powerful figure in boxing, Haymon significantly increased his stable of fighters in 2014 - with at least 50 signings. He appears to be on pace to easily surpass that number in 2015, with nearly 20 signings in the month of January.
From what BoxingScene understands, at least 30 additional fighters are currently in talks to join Haymon Boxing.
In the last two weeks, Haymon's company announced two television deals. They are going to stage shows on NBC, NBC Sports and Spike TV. Haymon already has a very close working relationship with Showtime, and his fighters are also showcased on ESPN.
Haymon is currently working with well over 160 fighters.
He recently added ten more to his company, including:
2004 Puerto Rican Olympian Carlos Velazquez (18-1, 12KOs), ranked at #13 by IBF at 130-pounds. Velaszquez has won three straight after suffering an upset knockout loss to Rico Ramos (also managed by Haymon) in September 2013.
Former world champion Daiki Kameda (29-4, 18KOs) of Japan. Daiki joins his brothers Tomoki and Koki, who both signed deals with Haymon in 2014. Currently ranked at #4 by the WBA, Daiki is looking to quickly get back in the ring after taking time off following a twelve round split decision loss to Liborio Solis in December 2013.
Dangerous light heavyweight contender Humberto Savigne (12-1, 9KOs) of Cuba. Savigne is ranked at #3 by the WBC and very close to getting a mandatory title shot at current beltholder Adonis Stevenson, who also works with Haymon. Savigne returns on February 20th in a ShoBox televised fight.
Claudio Marrero (17-1, 13KOs) of the Dominican Republic. Ranked at #7 by the WBA at featherweight, Marrero is expected back on February 20th as part of a ShoBox card. He won three straight since suffering a decision loss to hot contender Jesus Cuellar, who is also handled by Haymon.
Unbeaten Moises Flores (22-0, 16KOs) of Mexico, who is ranked at #13 by the WBC at super bantamweight.
Undefeated Puerto Rican Olympian Samuel Figueroa (6-0, 4KOs)
Junior middleweight contender Yudel Jhonson of Cuba. Ranked at #9 by the WBA and winner of four straight since losing a ten round decision to Willie Nelson in May of 2012.
Undefeated cruiserweight contender Isiah thomas (13-0, 6KOs), a Detroit native with Kronk training roots.
Heavyweight knockout artist Yasmany Consuegra (16-0, 14KOs) of Cuba.
Junior welterweight contender Walter Castillo (25-2, 18KOs) of Nicaragua. Castillo has a #6 ranking under the WBA and won nine straight since a split decision loss to Vicente Mosquera in February of 2012.
In order to satisfy all of his television commitments while keeping an in-house structure, Haymon needs a lot of live bodies. And the possibility of getting big fights with Haymon-managed boxers, significant purse increases and network exposure has certainly influenced a lot of fighters to pursue a working relationship with Haymon.
The biggest question, from most industry insiders who are on the outside looking in, is whether or not Haymon can effectively keep 160 fighters active, and his stable continues to increase by the week. The next few months will prove to be very interesting as Haymon's high profile network deals are going to be in full swing.