Arum Looking To Poach PBC Fighters
As Top Rank continues to build its relationship with ESPN, Bob Arum is looking at new fighters to fill his upcoming events.
In an interview with The Ring, Arum is focusing on poaching fighters from Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions to help fill out his promotion’s ever-growing schedule. This would not be the first time that Arum came after Haymon, as Arum and Top Rank filed an antitrust lawsuit in 2016, where they accused Haymon of acting as both promoter and manager.
And with fighters like WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, Errol Spence, Danny Garcia, and others “advised” by Haymon, and not tied to any official promoter, Arum may strike soon.
“We would never talk to a fighter who’s under a promotional contract, but Haymon’s fighters, he’s an advisor, he’s not even a manager, and we’re allowed to talk to the fighters,” Arum told The Ring this week. “Now, he can go to them and say ‘don’t go with Top Rank because I’m going to offer you a better deal.’ That he can do.
“But he can’t say ‘don’t go with Top Rank because I don’t want you to go with Top Rank.’ He’s not allowed to say that. He doesn’t have any legal right anymore to prevent them from being with any promoter.
“That’s why we have no hesitation talking with them. Now, if he says ‘hey, don’t go with Top Rank because I’ll put you on PBC and you’ll make more money’ and so forth, that’s business. That’s OK.”
And with Eddie Hearn also claiming that a fighter like Deontay Wilder could make more money with a team behind them instead of a fight by fight basis, as is the case for PBC fighters, this may lead to some fighters jumping ship. Which Arum claimed was possible as he had begun discussions with unnamed fighters.
Original Story: Ring Magazine