Never confused, Bob Arum as soon as once more didn’t disappoint as we chatted about Terence Crawford’s win over Jeff Horn, what’s subsequent for Bud, what’s subsequent for Vasyl Lomachenko and a lot extra.
Arum got here on the Everlast “Talkbox” podcast and stated that “Crawford is an elite fighter, amazingly talented, and he did what he should do facing Horn. He handled him well, a fighter who’s not as elite as Crawford would have had trouble with Horn, because he’s a very aggressive, very strong welterweight. Crawford handled him the way a matador handles a bull.”
I put Bob on the spot: Did Bud edge previous Loma on HIS pound-for-pound checklist?
He kind of dodged the question. “Who’s higher, who the hell is aware of,” he stated, and in my thoughts that is smart as a result of it’s pure conjecture and hypothesizing. “They’re both great!”
Crawford will subsequent combat in October, Arum stated. An injured hand stored Bud from being busier this 12 months, and “we’ll get the best possible opponent at the time.” They will place the bout in Omaha, Nebraska. “Matthysse would be a possible if the Pacquiao fight doesn’t happen,” he stated. And if that combat does come off and Matthysse wins, Arum wish to make Bud vs. Lucas. Also on the possibles checklist is Jose Benavidez (27-Zero, age 26, from Arizona), and Carlos Adames (14-Zero, age 24, from Dominican Republic), each on the Top Rank roster. “Amir Khan could be a possibility, I have to talk to him. He’s a free agent if he fights in the US. And I’m sure there are others.” As for PBC fighters, Arum thinks they’re occupied. Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter are booked, Keith Thurman and Errol Spence … perhaps Bud fights a number of of them subsequent 12 months.
Arum stated he actually isn’t positive of the Pacman vs. Matthysse bout will come off. It’s booked for July 15 for Malaysia, and he isn’t positive if funds will likely be put up by backers as we rely all the way down to combat night time. He doesn’t know the financiers and, “I don’t know for sure if it will happen.”
Back to Horn. Did Bob hear about the blister excuse, from Horn?
“The Australian fighters conduct themselves different from our guys. Our guys would never — even if that were the case — they would never make an excuse like that. Because with Federal Express, it would take a day to get the shoes sent over. And Horn was here for 10 days. And what, is he waking up and suddenly getting blisters the night of the fight? He was training for 10 days here and there weren’t any blisters?” Horn’s coach stated that he was hurting unhealthy days earlier than — so no, weak excuse, IMO. And Team Horn blaming the ref for an early cease can also be off-brand, Bob stated.
We talked concerning the platform. The Crawford-Horn combat ran on ESPN+; was that profitable?
Arum stated brass at Disney and ESPN despatched nice upbeat emails to his folks and “they have been ecstatic with the numbers on ESPN+. The occasion was an enormous success from the standpoint of subscribers and so forth. We’re not going to get correct numbers, they defined to us, as a result of crew ESPN” desires to let all of it coalesce after which launch what he says will likely be rock-solid numbers. This is a brand new period. Nielsen numbers a pair days after the combat at the moment are not so related, what with OTT being the path we’re headed in, Arum famous.
More information from Arum, this time touching on the Ukrainian dazzler Vasiliy Lomachenko: Yep, Loma had shoulder surgical procedure. And this bodily freak, the promoter stated, was utilizing his “bad” arm the day after the surgical procedure. That often takes three weeks, he added, however Loma mainly went proper to rehab. Loma blew off ache tablets, stated Arum, and flew to Ukraine, the place he’s now. “He said I’ll fight the end of August, and I said, ‘No you won’t.’ We’ll schedule him for October/November.”
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