Robert Arum was born on December 8,1931 and is an American lawyer and boxing promoter.
29 Facts About Bob Arum
Bob Arum is the founder and CEO of Top Rank, a professional boxing promotion company based in Las Vegas.
Bob Arum grew up in the Crown Heights section of New York, with an Orthodox Jewish background.
Bob Arum worked as an attorney in the United States Department of Justice during the Kennedy administration, and had little interest in boxing until 1965.
In 1966, subsequent to a suggestion by Jim Brown, whom Bob Arum had secured for Malitz as the fight's announcer, Bob Arum became a boxing promoter.
Bob Arum became a vice-president and secretary of Ali's promotion company, Main Bout.
Mike Malitz, son of Lester, like Bob Arum, owned 20 percent of the company and became its vice-president.
Bob Arum organized superfights including Marvin Hagler vs Roberto Duran and Hagler vs Thomas Hearns.
Bob Arum promoted the legendary champion Julio Cesar Chavez in his later years of boxing.
Bob Arum has concentrated largely on promoting Hispanic fighters in recent years, citing surveys which show boxing is among the most popular sports within the Hispanic community.
Bob Arum has concentrated many of his shows in the Southwestern portion of the US, in cities with large Spanish-speaking populations.
Bob Arum is the promoter of many of the cards on Telefutura, a Spanish language network.
Bob Arum has had great success with Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto, who won world titles at the 140,147,154,160-pound weight divisions; Mexican-American Antonio Margarito, who held a 147-pound WBO belt from 2002 to 2007; Mexican-American Jose Ramirez, the former WBC and WBO light welterweight world champion; Honduran-American Teofimo Lopez, the former lightweight world champion; and Mexican Oscar Valdez, the former WBC super featherweight world champion.
Bob Arum was inducted into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame in 1999.
In 2000, citing extortion, Arum voluntarily testified to having paid IBF president Robert W "Bobby" Lee, Sr.
Oscar De La Hoya successfully sued Bob Arum and was legally released from his contract with Top Rank in January 2001.
In 2003, Bob Arum complained about judging in the September 13 bout between Oscar De La Hoya and Sugar Shane Mosley and suggested there was a vendetta against him from a member of the Nevada State Commission that led to De La Hoya's loss.
Bob Arum later made an apology for the remark which commission chairman Luther Mack accepted.
Bob Arum was on vacation when his office was raided and the FBI originally declined to comment on the raid.
The news media reported that the FBI was investigating allegations that Top Rank was involved in fixing the rematch between De La Hoya and Shane Mosley, even though De La Hoya lost and Bob Arum was De La Hoya's promoter.
Bob Arum filed a lawsuit against HBO for overstepping its boundaries in the sport by becoming a de facto promoter while trying to intentionally eliminate him as a promoter.
In 2009, Bob Arum defended Antonio Margarito when he lost his boxing license in the US state of California on charges of illegal hand wraps, implied it was racially motivated and stated that Top Rank would not come back to the state of California until the issue was rectified.
In 2020, Bob Arum stated that one of his top boxers, Terence Crawford should start promoting himself better.
Bob Arum compared his situation with several other greats in the sport.
Bob Arum stated he could have built a house in Beverly Hills with the money he lost on Crawford's last three fights.
Bob Arum had three children with his first wife: Richard, Elizabeth, and John.
Bob Arum was a close friend and business partner of the late billionaire casino tycoon, and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp, Sheldon Adelson.
Bob Arum endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the run-up to the 2016 US presidential election.
Bob Arum has appeared on several television documentaries, boxing specials, movies and shows, usually being interviewed about a boxer or fight but occasionally as an actor himself, including in Play It To The Bone and Arliss.