Bob Arum: Al Haymon is Doing a Disservice to His Welterweights

By Victor Salazar

New York - Although Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum is one of the greatest promoters of all time, sometimes he needs help with making fights.

So when it came down for Amir Khan (33-4, 20 KO’s) to decide what fight he wanted next between Terence Crawford (34-0, 25 KO’S) and Kell Brook, he phoned a friend and manager Billy Keane.

With Keane’s help, Arum was able to make the fight between Crawford and Khan which takes place on April 20th on the ESPN platform.
Arum admits Keane was essential.

“I always been an Amir Khan fan and I thought it would be a tremendous test for Crawford,” Arum told BoxingScene. “I was not very successful in closing the deal. Billy Keane spent two weeks with Amir Khan. We negotiated everything with Billy and got the deal done.”


In this fight, Arum is working with Matchroom Sport and Eddie Hearn. Arum has worked with other promoters in 2018 since he landed the ESPN television deal. Arum says he’s willing to work with anybody.

“I’m the old school and I make fights with everyone,” stated Arum.

“We just made Miguel Berchelt and we reached out to Oscar [De La Hoya] and made the fight with Francisco Vargas. It was a great fight and Oscar agreed to give us Vargas for Berchelt. If Vargas wins the fight, he goes back a champion. We did that with Gvozdyk and Stevenson. There was more money in Canada and they won the purse bid and my fighter went and came back a champion.”

Should Crawford win the fight, many pundits hope that he fights one of the many PBC fighters in the welterweight division. Arum says the decision is not his but their manager/advisor Al Haymon.

“Oscar knows how to do business and so does Eddie Hearn. There isn’t one way to do business. There needs to be a reason for everyone to come together and make a fight. Haymon is doing a disservice with his welterweights by bottling them up and having them fight their own stable. That makes no sense we learned that 30-40 years ago," Arum said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by landotter on 01-19-2019

I think Heymon has been good for boxing and his fighters. The PBC gambled on getting boxing back on free TV and out of HBO/Showtime only model, and boxing is much more available for it. His enormous stock of fighters…

Comment by Oldskoolg on 01-18-2019

Arum is a bitter bitter man who just hates the ground haymon walks on because haymon does what he does and doesn’t feel the need to respond to the childishness that comes from the arums and the hearts. And it…

Comment by Drewp4p on 01-18-2019

How anyone could let 87 years old speak and control their careers is beyond me. Dude is delusional and show signs of alzheimer. Has he not forgot how he only had his top rank fighters fighting top rank fighters exchanging…

Comment by Clubber Pac on 01-18-2019

You have got to be fu%%king kidding me, Arum is complaining about a promoter keeping his fighters in house lol? I have never seen someone more full of sh/t than Bob Arum.

Comment by daggum on 01-18-2019

[QUOTE=lolpz;19441763]If you can prove to me that Haymon gives us more mismatches then Arum, I will read the rest of your post. Because what you said is false and non factual, everything you wrote after your first sentence I disregard.[/QUOTE]…

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