Bob Arum Slams Sky Sports For Having Three Boxing PPV Events To Close 2020

Top Rank Boxing’s Bob Arum isn’t thrilled with Sky Sports’ way of handling business.

Sky Sports is expected to hold three pay-per-view events featuring heavyweight action this year. Those being Okelsandr Usyk vs. Dereck Chisora on October 31, Alexander Povetkin vs. Dillian Whyte II on November 21, and the unannounced Anthony Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev title fight on December 12.

During the Zoom media call for Vasiliy Lomachenko ahead of his title unification showdown with Teofimo Lopez, Arum didn’t mince words when sharing his thoughts on Sky Sports’ PPV schedule.

“Any fight that Eddie Hearn does, whether it is a major fight or a minor fight, they put on pay-per-view, because Sky Sports is only apparently interested in a money grab, soak the boxing fans for whatever they can.  These networks have to understand how people are hurting, how many people in this country, and the UK are out of work because of this pandemic. I think it’s really immoral to require people to spend money watching their favorite sport every week, every other week. What Sky Sports is doing in the UK is an absolute disgrace. I don’t care if they never buy a fight from me. What they are doing now is a disgrace.”

Lomachenko vs. Lopez will be airing on the major ESPN network on October 17. Lomachenko is the WBA (Super) and WBO Lightweight Champion. Lopez is the IBF titleholder.

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