Arum Sees Benavidez as Next Big Star, Eyes Ramirez Unification

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum revealed on the BoxNation Podcast that David Benavidez is without question a Top Rank fighter.

As reported a few weeks ago, promoter Sampson Lewkowicz, who signed Benavidez to a four year deal in 2017, is going to legally challenge Arum's claim to the Mexican fighter.

Benavidez (20-0, 17 KOs) currently holds the WBC world  super middleweight title, and Arum is eyeing an-all Mexican unification with WBO titlist Gilberto Ramirez, who is also with Top Rank


The two world champion will be headlining separate events in the coming months to build toward a unification.

"The good news is we've signed Benavidez to a promotional contract. So we will be featuring Benavidez later this summer, headlining his own card," said the 86-year-old.

"Then down the road I'm looking forward to a Benavidez fight with Ramirez for all the marbles."

Jose Benavidez, David’s brother, is also promoted by Top Rank and fights on the Terence Crawford v Jeff Horn bill on June 9th.

Ramirez, who makes the fourth defence of his WBO crown in Oklahoma on June 30th, will be headlining his third successive show.

Arum believes the California-based Mexican is on his way to becoming a star. Unifications with the likes of Benavidez, James DeGale or George Groves would certainly help to build his profile.

"He has the talent, he has the looks. We've had a tutor with him so he's speaking very good, conversational English. He's a lovely young man and a really good fighter," explained Arum.

"I think that he has a real shot to be the next big Hispanic superstar."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by killakali on 06-03-2018

[QUOTE=lanker rom;18826766]Its not tampering when haymon does it because he is a manager and not a promoter.[/QUOTE]actually it was. Why do u think mikey waited 2.5 years to fight after trying to break top rank contract

Comment by lanker rom on 06-03-2018

[QUOTE=killakali;18824060]he won’t pay anything. How much did Haymon pay for tampering with Mikey Garcia who was under contract? Haymon only paid a lot of money for tampering with Chavez jr[/QUOTE] Its not tampering when haymon does it because he is…

Comment by jjsmyth87 on 06-01-2018

[QUOTE=killakali;18824060]he won’t pay anything. How much did Haymon pay for tampering with Mikey Garcia who was under contract? Haymon only paid a lot of money for tampering with Chavez jr[/QUOTE] Actually by the time Mikey went with Haymon his contract…

Comment by killakali on 06-01-2018

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;18823908]I'll believe when I see it. Because, from the outside looking in, it sure does look like Arum is about to pay out a lot of money for tampering with contracted fighters. Maybe he gives Sampson Boxing a date on…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 06-01-2018

[QUOTE=deanrw;18824000]LOL no promoter out there talks up fighters who are not in their own stable.[/QUOTE] Not true, De La Hoya for example will frequently speak in a positive light about fighters who aren't with Golden Boy. So will Eddie Hearn.

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