Top Rank’s Bob Arum, one of the greatest promoters of all time, is still going strong at the age of 88 as one of the busiest in the business during the pandemic.
In Episode 4 of ‘Kalle’s WBSS Hangouts’ Arum tells his fascinating larger than life story to WBSS Chief Boxing Officer Kalle Sauerland.
Arum can look back on a promoter career that includes boxing greats as Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Oscar De La Hoya, Marvin Hagler, Manny Pacquiao, and Tyson Fury.
Arum reveals that the most difficult event pre-pandemic was probably his first one. Arum opened his career with Muhammad Ali’s 1966 unanimous-decision victory over Canadian George Chuvalo in Toronto. Back when Ali’s objection to the Vietnam War made finding an agreeable host problematic.
Arum, who was trained as a lawyer and had worked in John F. Kennedy’s Justice Department, had never watched a fight live before working with Ali, and his only experience with boxing was through listening to Joe Louis’ fights on the radio.
Arum generously shares anecdotes from his relationship with The Greatest, there is a brilliant story from Hagler-Hearns, and the Hall of Famer comes with a bold prediction on Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev on 12 December: “I truly believe that Pulev is gonna knock Joshua out. Joshua is finished.”
At the end of the podcast, Arum comes with his advice on Season III of the World Boxing Super Series.
Sauerland and Arum also chat about subjects outside of the sport such as politics, the comedy film Borat, and technology in this captivating edition of ‘Kalle’s WBSS Hangouts’ podcast.
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