Tim VanNewhouse has signed a manager contract with 21-year-old Thomas Wu.
Wu, who lives in Arcadia, CA, is of Chinese and Vietnamese descent. He is a four-time amateur national champion and had an overall amateur rating of 85-11.
“Aside from his incredible talent, he brings the outer ring presence that most fighters aspire to,” said VanNewhouse, who believes Wu has all the intangibles to be a star along with the talent needed to succeed in the pro ranks being.
In 2018 Thomas Wu launched the Floating Ball Challenge on social media, which collectively collected over 100 million impressions on ESPN and Sportscenter, Barstool Sports and Ridiculousness.
VanNewhouse stated, “In fighting games, we tend to look forward to the next big prospect, and most of the time it’s too early to say how far someone will go. However, I can’t help but be amazed by this child. He has a star power appearance, is charismatic and has all the skills I look for in a young aspiring champion. I look forward to working with his team. “
Wu, a Temple City High graduate, says, “I’m excited to be working with Tim and the team he’s building so I can take the next step in my career. This is an exciting new journey for my father and me. We have worked hard to get these next steps. “
To prepare for the pro ranks, Wu attended his first Pro-Style exhibition, where he fought against MTK Globals’ Australian pro boxer Michael Pengue.
“In the past few years we’ve had a lot of offers from the likes of PBC, Cameron Dunkin and Top Rank to become professionals,” said his father, Tommy, who coaches him. “But it was still a challenge for us to find the right person to get my son into the pros. Tim is someone I’ve followed and known him for years, and he’s the type for us. We trust him and he will help us make the best business decisions for us in boxing in the future. “
An announcement of Wu’s professional debut will be made shortly and who will promote him.
Wu is VanNewhouse’s second signing since stepping down from Split-T Management last spring. His first engagement was the two-time US amateur champion Najee Lopez.