Loma-Crolla Weigh-In Moved For Hussle Memorial
At the behest of Lebron James, Thursday’s weigh-in for Vasyl Lomachenko and Anthony Crolla’s lightweight title fight has been moved from Staples Center to the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The move was confirmed by Bob Arum, as the initial site, Staples Center, will instead host the memorial services of rapper and community activist, Nipsey Hussle.
Hussle was shot and killed in-front of his store in Compton, California on March 31st, allegedly by a former associate who felt disrespected by the rapper.
“They asked us, Staples Center, said, ‘You’re entitled to the facility for the weigh-in, but we have this memorial service and the community wanted the memorial service at Staples Center, would you be willing to move it?’ And we said, ‘Of course,’” Arum said.
“It was not even a question because the community deserved to have a place like the Staples Center for a memorial service, and we would never stand in the way. That wasn’t even a question. Of course we were happy to accommodate.”
Arum credits the move from a conversation between Jame’s business manager, Maverick Carter, and Top Rank President Todd duBoef.
“We got a call from LeBron James’ manager, Maverick Carter, and of course we would accommodate them,” Arum said. “Todd and Maverick Carter know each other very well. They both have houses in Aspen, so they’re friends, so it was easy to do.”
Russel’s “Celebration of Life” ceremony will run from 10 am-12 pm, with the Lomachenko-Crolla weigh-in set for 1 pm at the convention center for their WBO and WBA lightweight title fight for April 12th on ESPN+.