The Texas native steers the careers of fighters like Errol Spence Jr, and Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller.
When Adrian Clark’s older brother used to beat him up in a brotherly fashion, little did he know it was for a purpose.
Before his untimely passing in 2006, the elder brother brought the athletic virtues of “Iron” Mike Tyson to him. Between Clark learning to defend himself while helping his brother develop his passions, the sport of boxing became an inadvertent vehicle to keep his family’s name alive.
”Once he passed away it was a promise I made to him that I was going to make sure people remembered our name and take care of my Mom and Dad.”
At the time of his brother’s passing, he attended Texas A&M’s Corpus Cristi campus. If you think it’s all football in the Longhorn State, you’re wrong because, in south Texas, boxing is huge.
“I met a guy on campus my first couple weeks there and he told me he was a fighter from Brownsville and he was going to train at this gym. I asked if I could go with him and its history from there.”
Clark fought amateur for two years, even competing in two Golden Gloves tournaments. Although in his last fight he was stopped in 30 seconds by a right hook, the experience taught him that his path in pugilism would remain just altered. He’d be in with a suit and tie instead of a mouthpiece and gloves.
Clark founded AC Sports in 2012. His client roster includes IBF welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence, Jr., who many feel is the future of the entire division.
In addition, he has Willie Monroe Jr., Frank Galarza, Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller, undefeated junior middleweight Chris Ousley, and former WBA Lightweight Champion, Jason Sosa.
Just last month Dallas-based sports agency, Ballengee Group, announced their acquisition of AC Sports Management, adding a boxing division to their full-service conglomerate.
“AC Sports was originally started for basketball players. I was actually certified by the NBPA at 25 years old. I had this mindset that it was going to be easy because I was living with an NBA player. But I didn’t know what the hell I was doing all the way around.
”Once I stopped living with C.J. Miles, I really saw what entrepreneurship was and how hard it is without a good business plan and financial backing behind you. I did have a good run doing it by myself but eventually you hit a wall to where it’s not about what you can do but about what others can bring to the table in assistance to you.”
Joining Ballengee Group provides Clark with a larger platform and proven resources as he looks to emerge as one of boxing’s leading representatives.
Spanning Major League Baseball, MMA, and more, the full-service sports agency saw promise in Clark. Ballengee Group owners James and Alex Ballengee flew to New York April 20th to observe Clark in the heart of boxing, Madison Square Garden.
“After being around AC and seeing how he operates, we knew there was a match. It was just figuring out the details from there,” said Alex Ballengee.
Clark was named to Forbes magazine 4th annual ’30 under 30′ (Sports) list in 2016. Along with pro-athlete representation, Clark is a published author of three books.