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Bob Arum’s promotional company is in the process of finalizing plans to start televising live boxing cards on ESPN early in June.

Arum divulged during a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “At The Fights” details of a plan that’ll require extensive, expensive testing for COVID-19 and would allow for two or three events per week from the same hotel in Las Vegas, without fans in attendance. Top Rank Inc., the company Arum co-founded in 1973, is based in Las Vegas.

“We have contacted most of our fighters,” Arum told co-hosts Gerry Cooney and Randy Gordon. “We plan to launch the first week in June in a safe, secure way. We’re gonna initially launch in Nevada. We’ve made arrangements or are making arrangements with a hotel. We can get everybody tested, put them in a bubble and get these fights on. And unfortunately, because a lot of it requires so much extra work and care and testing that we’re gonna limit our fight shows to four fights a card. But that’s the bad side.

“The good side is we hope, we’re arranging with ESPN to do two or three events every week. So, because you know, you take a big sports network like ESPN, ESPN+, they don’t have live sports now and putting boxing on, particularly top-level boxing, will attract big audiences.”
Should be interesting, I bet UFC did pretty good numbers this weekend so smart deal I guess...
 

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Eddie Hearn looking to host boxing matches in his garden hahaha. I'm down with that though, just like the fight island concept with the UFC. May as well make the best of a bad situation and do something a bit different instead of just putting fights in empty arenas.
 

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Love seeing these vids that show how someone took apart their opponent. Gorilla Productions at it again :D



Fuck this match would have been awesome
Apparently Argüello wanted to make the fight and showed up to Duran's fight camps multiple times but Duran was already set his mind to moving up. Both Argüello and Aaron Pryor couldn't get into the ring with the Fab 4, even if they chased those matches with Argüello looking for Duran and Pryor looking for Sugar Ray. Not to mention there was also Wilfred Benitez in the mix. That era was just stacked. Speaking of that era, another Puerto Rican atg was in the lower divisions than both Argüello and Pryor.

 

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Bob Arum offered Vasiliy Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez interim bouts recently.

Lomachenko could’ve fought an opponent other than Lopez in June. Lopez would’ve been able to face someone other than Lomachenko in July.

Neither lightweight champion was interested in any bout but theirs, thus their promoter hopes to put it together for September.

“We wanted to stall for time, until we were able to do the fight with a live audience,” Arum told BoxingScene.com on Tuesday. “But it’s clear that each of them wanna go right into that fight, so that’s what we’re gonna be planning for September, with or without an audience.”
Oh shit this would be huge if it does happen...
 
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