Bob Arum Very Open To Do Talent "Trades" With Showtime

By Radio Rahim

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum has made it no secret that he's no fan of the current leadership at HBO Sports, but he's more than willing to have a working relationship with Showtime and their parent company, CBS.

Earlier this year, Arum's company parted ways with HBO and signed an exclusive multi-year agreement with ESPN.

However, there are big fights to be made with fighters who may be contracted elsewhere.


For example, one of Arum's star fighters, Terence Crawford, is heading up to the welterweight division - but the bulk of the welterweight talent, and the welterweight champions, are tied to Showtime.

Arum has no problem with working out a talent trade relationship with Showtime Sports head Stephen Espinoza - an arrangement where the two sides would make talent available to each other for necessary fights.

The veteran promoters realizes that it's not realistic to believe that every significant fight involving one his boxers will end up on ESPN. 

Maybe Crawford fights a Showtime fighter like Keith Thurman on ESPN, but an ESPN fighter like Manny Pacquiao would fight Danny Garcia on Showtime.

That's the kind of relationship Arum is aiming for - a scenario that benefits both sides.

"Lets not look at promoters particularly, lets look at networks. Over at Showtime, Espinoza is a very smart guy. And his boss is a very big fight fan, a good friend of mine, Les Moonves, and Moonves will make these fights happen. They can't all be on ESPN nor can they all be on Showtime - so there is something called trade," Arum told

"The big boys, whether it's CBS, ABC, FOX, ESPN - they have no problem with college football... arranging who gets which game and so forth. I think it will be the same and it should be the same with Showtime, CBS and Top Rank - that if they need a Top Rank fighter to fight on Showtime, we'll make them available. And if there is a fighter who traditionally fights on Showtime or CBS, they will make him available to ESPN. 

"I think that we'll work very, very well with [Showtime, CBS] - at least that's my hope."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by killakali on 12-14-2017

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;18335154]Lee Selby is IBF champion. If things go great, he beats Warrington in a stadium fight in Leeds, beat Frampton in style at Windsor park, and knocks off Oscar Valdez for the WBO belt (likely also in the UK). With…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 12-14-2017

[QUOTE=killakali;18333426]why wouldn’t he? U must not know boxing. Depends on the minimums, guaranteed number of fights per year, etc. Plus that is over a year from now. Who knows what Warren has then to offer? He could still get Selby…

Comment by killakali on 12-14-2017

[QUOTE=WBC WBA IBF;18333503]Who would they have made more money with had they signed with somebody other than Haymon back when they signed with Haymon?[/QUOTE]at the time it was a good deal. at the time haymon had less fighters. now he…

Comment by WBC WBA IBF on 12-14-2017

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Comment by killakali on 12-13-2017

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