Arum To Appear At June Boxing Events
If all goes according to plan, Top Rank will become one of the first major boxing entities back in action. Bob Arum is planning on running events on June 6, 11, and 13 in Nevada. He has multiple fighters in place for these fight cards and is willing to do whatever it takes to ensure everything goes off without a hitch.
“I’m absolutely confident,” Arum stated to Boxing Scene. “We’re waiting for the appropriate time to release (the details). A lot of it has to do with ESPN. They feel, and rightly so, they are against leaking any of it to the press until they decide they want to make an announcement on their ESPN programming. They’re paying the freight and they have absolutely the right, the absolute right, to tell us when and how this should be released to get the most out of it from their standpoint. So I respect that completely.”
Arum has been adamant about boxing coming back in June. With only four to five fights on a card and testing for COVID-19, Arum believes his promotion will be going through all of the necessary steps. He wants fights in an MGM property. All of this will be depending on if the Nevada Atheltic Commission, meeting in a few days, decides to approve combat sports taking place in the state.
Regarding testing protocols, Arm will need to comply with whatever the commission and Nevada requests. They are hoping for a smooth transition period, almost like what the UFC was doing in Florida. Out of three events the UFC held, only one fighter and his team tested positive for the coronavirus. Arum himself will be tested while he is in the offices of Top Rank.
“We’ll be going back to Vegas next Tuesday, day after Memorial Day,” Arum went on to say. “We’re opening our offices on June 1st and I will be there for the opening of the office having taken all of the necessary tests to show that I am coronavirus free, and that’s what we’re working on now. And I know my office will be open on June 1st and our first event in Nevada will take place on the 9th of June.”
Due to the uncertainty of testing and those affected as a result of the coronavirus, staff will be limited to only essential personnel. Will Arum join Dana White as a figurehead who will be at the events, watching his fighters compete?
“Absolutely,” Arum stated. “I wouldn’t allow an event to go on if I didn’t feel that it was completely safe, and it would be terrible if I said that the thing was completely safe and then I didn’t attend it myself. Of course, I’ll be there.”
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