50 Cent and the newly-established TMT Promotion signed undefeated former WBA and IBF featherweight titlist Yuriorkis Gamboa and solid super middleweight contender “The Matrix” Andre Dirrell to promotional contracts on Friday.
The 36-year-old 50 Cent, born Curtis James Jackson III in South Jamaica, Queens, on Thursday contacted the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Keith Kizer, to formally apply for a matchmaker’s license.
“I met with 50, and gave him a promoter’s application,” wrote Kizer, in an e-mail to RingTV.com on Thursday. “He is in the process of completing it. It has yet to be returned.”
The 28-year-old Dirrell (20-1, 14 knockouts), a southpaw who won a bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, and the 30-year-old Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOs), who captured gold competing for Cuba at the same event, are the erstwhile crack dealer’s first recruits.
Since being released early from jail for being a good “Pretty Boy,” many fans, onlookers and pundits have predicted Floyd Mayweather will also work with 50 Cent and “The Money Team.”
Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs), a longstanding WBC welterweight king, who overcame powerful Puerto Rican icon Miguel Cotto by unanimous decision to acquire the WBA world light-welterweight belt on Cinco de Mayo, was listed by Forbes in June as the wealthiest athlete in the world for amassing $85 million for performing in two legal fistfights against men in 2011.
50 Cent, a known abuser of steroids who started boxing as a preadolescent and progressed enough in the ring that he fought in the Junior Olympics as an amateur in the mid-1980s, survived being shot nine-times by Mike Tyson’s bodyguard, Darryl “Hommo” Baum, in 2000.
Once the resilient and determined rapper returns his “promoter’s application” to Kizer, expect 50 Cent and TMT Promotion to eventually become a powerful force in the world of prizefighting.
Yuriorkis Gamboa and Andre Dirrell are just the beginning of “The Money Team.”