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Arum Keeping on Pace With King: Turns The "Big 8-0"

By Keith Idec

Bob Arum admits that turning 80 today means something to him, much more than most birthdays.

The Hall-of-Fame promoter joked, too, that if nothing else, he has kept pace with longtime promotional rival Don King, with whom Arum has a more civil relationship today than they had for the better part of the last four decades.

“I’m just thankful to the lord that [I’ve reached] a real milestone,” Arum said, “because I never really pay much attention to birthdays. But the big 8-0 is the big 8-0. King made it [to 80] earlier in the year, and you know, he is not going to out-do me.”

Arum was joking about King, who turned 80 on Aug. 20. Nevertheless, while King barely promotes shows these days, Arum’s company, Top Rank Inc., remains one of the busiest, most powerful promotional firms in boxing.

The Harvard-educated attorney, who promoted his first fight in March 1966 (Muhammad Ali-George Chuvalo in Toronto), has promoted roughly 11,500 boxing cards throughout the world since Arum formed the company. Those cards have featured Ali, Alexis Arguello, Iran Barkley, Michael Carbajal, Julio Cesar Chavez, Miguel Cotto, Donald Curry, Oscar De La Hoya, Roberto Duran, George Foreman, Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns, Larry Holmes, ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Mike McCallum, Carlos Monzon, Erik Morales, Shane Mosley, Manny Pacquiao, Johnny Tapia, James Toney and Mike Tyson.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LeadUppercut on 12-09-2011

[QUOTE=edgarg;11538414]What following pages??? [B]All you know about the guy is that he doeesn't make the fights you want him to make. But he makes the fights his fighters want and the vast majority of the fans want, judging by the…

Comment by edgarg on 12-09-2011

[QUOTE=LeadUppercut;11536874]Add me too please. " [I]low dog #3[/I] ". And in the next ad-break, pop down to the stationary store and buy a big exercise book, so that you can fill it up with names of all of the other…

Comment by teddycanyon on 12-08-2011

Happy Birthday *******

Comment by Forza on 12-08-2011

Arum and king will live to be 100 yet we lose gatti/corrales/forrest in the same year all at young ages. 3 of those most honest boxers to ever lace em up

Comment by Simply Zyzz on 12-08-2011

like i said in the other thread.... [B]fuk him[/B] ... he's never given anything to boxing and at the end of the day only looks out for himself instead of caring for the sport

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