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Bob Arum Fears For Fighters Who Need The Money

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum fears for the boxers who are sitting on the shelf and need the money.

Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, just about every single boxing event has been canceled in March, April and May. Even events in June are looking tentative at best.

The current scenario leaves a lot of boxers without any means of making money, especially the younger up and coming boxers who not yet financially secure.

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At the moment, promoters are hoping that they are capable of staging events in July - but nobody has any idea for sure. 

“I wish I have the ability to predict the future. I don’t know when this will be all over, I don’t know when will be able to do fights again,” Arum told the The Manila Times in an overseas call.

“That is not a major problem for the world, the major problem for the world is to conquer this virus so we can get back to business. When that will be, I absolutely have no idea. I’m not going to tell any date and talk like I know something because I don’t.

“You have to look at these losses in these young men’s careers because they are not being able to pursue their activities because there are no fights and unlike promoters that can go on forever. Fighters are athletes and they die young in the sense that they have live-in careers and so without taking a big chunk out of their careers by this inactivity.”

Arum, who is 88-years-old, is following directives and staying inside the house.

“We’re staying inside the house, I go for a little walk, but the restaurants are all closed, everything is closed, and we are not interacting with people,” said Arum.

“We are making the best of it, and hopefully we’ll conquer this virus and go back to normal. When that will be we don’t know.”

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Comment by lowblows420 on 04-02-2020

No ability to predict the future but arum does have the ability to open up his wallet and send some $ out

Comment by Buggy bear on 04-02-2020

Not an expert on this social media thing but are not modern sports people making bits from instagram and Facebook ? Serious question as I'm old school ..

Comment by Dasmius Shinobi on 04-02-2020

This is a serious concern, I agree with Bob Arum here and there is not debate on this one. Boxers are suffering economically left and right, is sad to look at this.:sad2:

Comment by BadMedicin3 on 04-02-2020

No you're not Bob. There's a reason why Oscar, Floyd and Manny left you.

Comment by Bunch Pag on 04-02-2020

Being an 88 year old multi - multi millionaire Bob, I'm sure you could set up some funds to help these people get by. The world knows what's happening in all walks of life Bob.. It seems the promoters (Inc…

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