Accomplished amateur and 2016 Lithuanian Olympian Eimantas Stanionis has signed-on to become the latest promising young fighter to join the newly formed promotional company Ringstar Sports, run by longtime boxing executive Richard Schaefer, who has already signed U.S. Olympian Carlos Balderas and Mexican Olympian Misael Rodriguez to the company.
“Being able to add a fighter like Eimantas Stanionis to our growing group of world class fighters is a great pleasure,” said Richard Schaefer, Chairman & CEO of Ringstar Sports. “Stanionis is a very accomplished young man who works very hard at his craft. He could be the next great Eastern European fighter to come over to the U.S. and make it big. We expect him to make big waves in the welterweight division. Now that he has joined Ringstar we are looking forward to working with him and making his dreams a reality.”
“I’m very excited to be joining Ringstar Sports and I am looking forward to starting my professional career,” said Stanionis. “I’ve watched boxing my whole life and I always knew that Richard was a great promoter. He’s a very good man and I feel that my career is in good hands. I think I have the best team around me and they will help me get to where I want to go.”
Born and raised in Kaunas, Lithuania, Stanionis began boxing in 2007 and quickly took to the sport on his way to a 141-19 amateur record including four senior national championships and two youth national titles. He won gold at the European Olympic Qualifier to earn his trip to Rio for the 2016 Games.
Stanionis made his name with great performances in European amateur tournaments for years and years before his Olympic appearance. He won gold medals at the Slovakian Youth Grand Prix, the Amber Gloves tournament and the Danas Pozniakas Youth Memorial tournament in 2011. He continued his winning ways in 2012 with a gold medal at the Brandenburg Youth Cup and the Algirdas Socikas tournament, plus a bronze at the Klitschko Brothers Youth tournament.
The medals kept piling up in 2013 as he added golds at the Gee Bee tournament and another in the Algirdas Socikas tournament before taking home a silver medal in the 2014 European Union Championship. Stanionis was established as an Olympic frontrunner in 2015 after winning gold at the European Confederation Championship. In addition, Stanionis was unbeaten in eight fights in the German Bundesleague and will receive his bachelor’s degree in Sports Science in 2017.
“I am a hard puncher and I do whatever it takes to win,” said Stanionis. “I think boxing fans will be excited by my style. I want to be the first world champion ever from Lithuania. My goal is to make history.”