Arum Says ESPN Momentum Building, Big Plans Ahead in 2018

By Steve Kim

The Top Rank/ESPN series has been on a strong run of late and that continued this weekend with the entertaining slugfest between Jose Ramirez and Amir Imam, who went 12 hard fought rounds with Ramirez coming away with the vacant WBC 140-pound title.

This comes on the heels of the solid bout between Ray Beltran and Paulus Moses and last weeks bloody contest that featured WBO featherweight titlist Oscar Valdez and challenger Scott Quigg.

Bob Arum, the head of Top Rank, explained to - "With ESPN we have a tremendous advantage because we have dates. So when you have dates you can plan for fights. It's not like going to a premium network and begging for dates and you're really tied to their schedule. With ESPN and particularly with the new series we have more than two a month now and its going up."


What Arum is referencing is the new ESPN streaming app that will distribute the Jeff Horn-Terence Crawford fight, which has moved off it's original April 14th date.

"Everybody at ESPN loves what we're doing, as the development at the end of the last week showed when the head of ESPN talked about ESPN+ and boxing. So we're going to really show boxing like it's never been shown before," continued Arum, who harps on his boxers getting consistent activity.

"To keep people's interest you have to make competitive fights but you also got to have continuity. You can't have guys fight just one or even twice a year. You've got to have them fight three and even four times a year and we'll be able to do that."

As for the upcoming months, Arum says that alongside ESPN they will have, "a huge summer, we probably will be going in June, July and August at least three shows a month."

He explained - "We wont be going as often during the fall during football season but again this is the time when baseball just has the long season, basketball is pretty well finished and so you can now show boxing as a major sport on ESPN."

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BufordTannen on 03-19-2018

[QUOTE=deanrw;18585734]I don't mind them too much, but I miss Teddy. That one dude though, his voice, every time he talks it makes me think of that Raymond on Everybody Loves Raymond[/QUOTE] mark kriegel yea he sucks at everything

Comment by TravisPythagora on 03-19-2018

[QUOTE=deanrw;18585734]I don't mind them too much, but I miss Teddy. That one dude though, his voice, every time he talks it makes me think of that Raymond on Everybody Loves Raymond[/QUOTE] Mark Kriegel

Comment by TravisPythagora on 03-19-2018

[QUOTE=The Big Dunn;18585318]We can agree to disagree. I found his narrative of the fights very pro Top Rank headliner. Teddy seemed to just detail the fight without a slant toward any fighter. I like and appreciate that because I grew…

Comment by TravisPythagora on 03-19-2018

[QUOTE=BufordTannen;18585557]so hes the best out of 3? lol bradley kinda sucks, hes always drunk. He sounded like he was trying to imitate teddy atlas on saturday[/QUOTE] Joe Tessitore actually called Bradley Teddy during the Ramirez Imam fight

Comment by deanrw on 03-19-2018

I don't mind them too much, but I miss Teddy. That one dude though, his voice, every time he talks it makes me think of that Raymond on Everybody Loves Raymond

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (20)
Top Headlines Hearn Warns Team Wilder: Hurry Up, You Haven't Got Long Golovkin Opponents Split on Canelo Rematch Outcome Ngabu vs. Merhy in Play For EBU Strap After Jur KO Loss Joshua vs. Povetkin: The Joys of Disappointment Abel Sanchez Not Surprised Canelo Withstood Golovkin's Power Mikey Garcia: My Main Target, Focus and No. 1 Goal is Spence! Adonis Stevenson vs. Oleksandr Gvozdyk Card Coming Together Pacquiao Says No Tune-Up Needed, Mayweather May Have One Miguel Roman: Miguel Berchelt Will Not Withstand My Pace Yuriorkis Gamboa, Juan Manuel Lopez Doubleheader on 11/10 Sergio Martinez Discusses Unbeaten Prospect Jon Fernandez Photos: Luke Campbell, Yvan Mendy, Okolie, Askin - Workouts Photos: David Price, Sergey Kuzmin - Open Workouts Photos: Anthony Joshua, Alexander Povetkin - Putting in Work Fury on Wilder: Klitschko Hit Really Hard Too, It Didn't Affect Me! Arum Amused: I'd Be Conflicted If De La Hoya Ran Against Trump Froch: Joshua Needs to Entertain, Show Fighting Spirit Again Joshua-Povetkin: A Look at Heavyweight Olympic Champions UK News: McCullagh-Kennedy, Edwards-Farrag, Gallagher-Byrne Savannah Marshall Added To Fury vs. Pulev Card Amir Khan: Did You See The Size of Canelo When He Fought Me?! Gallagher Expects Smith To Peak, Shine Against George Groves Chocolatito's Options To Be Evaluated, Yafai Not Ruled Out Lemieux: Golovkin is Not The Same, Rematch Would Be Different Arum: Lomachenko Wants Mikey Garcia Fight Right After Pedraza Frank Warren: I Had Golovkin Beating Canelo By Three Rounds Anthony Joshua Won't Chase a KO: I've Got To Be Clever Now Kevin Johnson Feels Experience Edge May Down Daniel Dubois Hearn: I'm Quite Worried, Povetkin is Tough Fight For Joshua David Benavidez Makes No Excuses, Apologizes For Failed Test Golovkin's Coach: Canelo Vindicated Himself For Positive Tests Energy Execs Glove Up To Knock Out Child Sexual Abuse Frank Warren: Frampton-Warrington is Not Two Recycled Guys DAZN, The New Kid On The Block, Ready For Boxing Kickoff Canelo's Possible Return: December 15 Reserved at MSG, MGM Nacho: Canelo Did Great, But I Think Golovkin Won WBC Prez: Canelo Deserved The Win in Golovkin Rematch David Benavidez Comes Up Positive For Cocaine in VADA Test Wilder vs. Fury Promotional Tour is Ready, Reveals Frank Warren Pacquiao: Me and Mayweather Have Unfinished Business!

Latest Active Forum Threads