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Bob Arum Shares His Thoughts on Tyson Fury’s Victory over Otto Wallin and a Rematch with Deontay Wilder

Bob Arum in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

On Sep. 14, inside of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV, former lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury overcame a nasty cut above his right eye, as well as a spirited effort from contender Otto Wallin, before winning a clear unanimous decision victory.

Fury (29-0-1, 20 KO’s) had dismantled Thomas Schwarz in Las Vegas three months prior in a dominant showcase that saw him score a second round TKO victory. But Wallin (20-1, 13 KO’s) came to fight, and made a go of things vs. possibly the best big man on the planet.
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PHOTOS: Vasyl Lomachenko and Anthony Crolla go Face to Face in Los Angeles

Vasyl Lomachenko faces Anthony Crolla this weekend (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)


By Chris Robinson

Tomorrow night, from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, WBA/WBO lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko will defend his titles against former champion Anthony Crolla in a bout that will be aired on the ESPN + streaming app.

This isn’t the fight that fans, nor Top Rank, Lomachenko’s promoter, preferred. Top Rank CEO Bob Arum was eyeing IBF champion Richard Commey for this date, but the rugged Ghanaian injured his right hand in his title-winning second round knockout over Isa Chaniev on February 2, eliminating him as an option.
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Bob Arum, Oscar Valdez, and Teofimo Lopez Set to Invade Frisco, TX on Wednesday 1/9

WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez with Top Rank CEO Bob Arum (Photo: Mikey Williams)


By Chris Robinson

This Wednesday, from the Tostitos Championship Plaza at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, TX, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum will be joined by two of his company’s best fighters in WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez and undefeated lightweight prospect-turned-contender Teofimo Lopez. Valdez and Lopez will be participating in an open media workout ahead of their Feb. 2 fights at the Ford Center at The Star.

Valdez (24-0, 19 KOs) is coming off of his brutal brawl this past March with former champion Scott Quigg, in which he emerged victorious, and he will be looking to make the fifth defense of his title against fellow unbeaten Carmine “Mr. Wolf” Tomassone (19-0, 5 KOs). Lopez (11-0, 9 KOs), named 2018 Prospect of the Year by ESPN.com, ESPN Deportes, Sports Illustrated, and Yahoo Sports, will take on former world title challenger Diego Magdaleno (31-2, 13 KOs) in a 10-round showdown.
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Bob Arum talks Tim Bradley vs. Brandon Rios and why Canelo may be in line for the winner

Bob Arum speaking in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

It’s once again Fight Week in Las Vegas, as we are counting down the days to this weekend’s HBO-televised battle between former lightweight champion Brandon Rios and two-division titlist Tim Bradley.

The two men collide on Saturday night from the Thomas & Mack Center for Bradley’s WBO welterweight title in a fight that doesn’t figure to disappoint.
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Bob Arum calls Vasyl Lomachenko the best fighter in the world and believes Guillermo Riogndeaux is his stiffest test

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is very high on Vasyl Lomachenko, pictured right (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)


By Chris Robinson

While Bob Arum may not have been the biggest fan of Guillermo Rigondeaux during his time promoting the two-time Cuban Gold Medalist, he is still very keen on matching up his former charge with one of his current stars, Vasyl Lomachenko.

The internet continues to pick up buzz about a potential Lomachenko vs. Rigondeaux clash, and Arum seems all for the idea.
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Bob Arum on getting through the ‘tough’ promotion of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao finishing up camp at the Wild Card in Los Angeles before venturing to Vegas for the biggest fight of his life (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

I made sure to catch up with veteran Hall-of-Fame Promoter Bob Arum on Friday afternoon, as we are set to embark on what figures to be an epic fight week out here in Las Vegas with the May 2 Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao pay per view set to go down inside of the MGM Grand.

With the fight now one week away, I picked Arum’s brain about a few topics.
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Bob Arum Exclusive: ‘I always thought Manny had the style and ability to beat Floyd’

Manny Pacquiao will be gunning for his biggest victory to date on May 2 (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

The countdown to one of the biggest boxing events of all time has begun, as Floyd Mayweather will face off with Manny Pacquiao on May 2 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

And while Pacquiao is a clear underdog heading into the match, the Filipino icon’s promoter Bob Arum is savoring the idea of an upset.
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Bob Arum admits that he considers Terence Crawford a possible foe for Manny Pacquiao in the future

Terence Crawford was sharp vs. Ray Beltran (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, reining WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford was razor sharp in winning a commanding decision over former title challenger and proven threat Ray Beltran.

Often switching from orthodox to southpaw throughout the match, Crawford (25-0, 17 KO’s) just had too much grit and versatility on his favor, as scorecards reading 120-108 and 119-109 twice were in the favor of ‘Bud’.
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Bob Arum: ‘We would like to fight Floyd Mayweather in the first six months of this coming year’

Manny Pacquiao dropped Chris Algieri six times during his victory in Macau, China (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

This past Saturday night, in Macau, China, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao again reminded the world why he is one of the game’s most dominant prizefighters with his 12-round domination over brave Chris Algieri.

Pacquiao was sharp, dropping his younger for six times over the course of their match, and the lopsided scores in his favor were well deserved.
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Bob Arum embracing Pacquiao-Bradley II: ‘Both guys are talking about destroying the other guy’

Manny Pacquiao working out in Los Angeles (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)


By Chris Robinson

Later today, inside of the Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao will entertain the media ahead of his April 12 rematch with WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao.

Pacquiao vs. Bradley II will answer a lot of questions about each man and also hopefully put to rest any leftover controversy that came from Bradley’s hotly-disputed split-decision victory in their first match in June of 2012.

Catching up with Top Rank CEO Bob Arum recently, he seemed genuine with his enthusiasm towards his next pay per view showcase.

“I think both are extremely confident,” Arum said of Pacquiao and Bradley. “Both guys are talking about destroying the other guy. I think it’s going to be a very, very competitive, exciting fight.

“Freddie tells me how hard Manny is training and everything I hear from Palm Desert is that Bradley’s training equally as hard,” Arum added.

Asked if it is bittersweet to know that Pacquiao, 35, will likely soon be walking away from the game after so many years of excitement while collecting various accolades, Arum rolled with the punch.

“We all live in the twilight of our careers,” said Arum. “So am I in the twilight of my career. That’s part of teaching. Nothing in sports stays the same, whether you are an athlete or an owner or whatever. Time marches on.”

*** FOR  A  VISIT back in Pacquiao’s career in photos, check the thumbnails below…

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Chris Robinson can be reached at Trimond@aol.com


Bob Arum knew Juan Manuel Marquez wouldn’t retire following his bitter loss to Tim Bradley

Bob Arum discussing the Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Mike Alvarado matchup (Photo: Chris Robinson – www.HustleBoss.com / Naoki Fukuda)

By Chris Robinson

Following his tough loss to Tim Bradley this past October, there was some uncertainty regarding the future of Mexico City’s Juan Manuel Marquez.

Having turned 40 this past August, Marquez insisted that a rematch with Bradley, and a chance to win a title in a fifth weight class, was the only interest to him.

Months went by and it seemed more and more likely that Marquez would indeed end up fighting. Earlier this month an interesting clash with former junior welterweight titlist Mike Alvarado was officially announced, as Marquez will meet up with the Denver native on HBO on May 17 from the The Forum in Los Angeles.

Catching up with Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, who will be staging the Marquez-Alvarado matchup, he was quick to point to the historical significance of Marquez returning to a refurbished venue that he is so familiar with.

“I think it’s an interesting fight because of the styles of the fighters,” Arum noted. “I think that Alvarado is going to give Marquez a hell of a fight and very well could beat him. I just think it’s a tough fight for Marquez and I’m thrilled that Marquez is going back to the Forum, where he made his bones, so to speak. Now he’s coming back opening up the new Forum. It’s very exciting.”

Marquez fought a spirited battle against Bradley but he was simply outworked and out slicked at key spots in the match.

And while the disappointment that followed was obvious to spot in Marquez, Arum knew his pride would carry him on.

“No,” Arum answered when asked whether he ever thought Marquez might walk away. “He was disappointed. He always thinks [he won] close fights. He’s very competitive and that’s the first thing he says is ‘I’m going to retire.’ I never thought he was serious.”

There is already another opportunity on the table for Marquez, as a victory over Alvarado could lead towards the winner of the April 12 rematch between Bradley and Manny Pacquiao.

“If he beats Alvarado he wants the winner of Pacquiao-Bradley,” Arum stated. “That will give him another chance to win the welterweight title and that’s what he’s looking for.”

*** FOR  A  VISIT back in Pacquiao’s career in photos, check the thumbnails below…

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Chris Robinson can be reached at Trimond@aol.com