Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has seen it all in the sport of boxing.
As he approaches his 90th birthday he incredibly still operates profitably near the top of the sport of boxing as a promoter of some of the top tier talent in boxing today.
The old saying that if you work in what you are passionate about you’ll never work a day in your life is certainly true with the New Yorker born Las Vegas resident.
One of the top fighters he currently promotes is WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford who takes on Amir Khan next up on April 20th.
Arum also promoted legendary fighter ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard back in the day and has a remarkable comparison to him and Crawford.
Speaking at the press conference announcing Terence Crawford vs Amir Khan, Arum said:
“When I talk about Terence (Crawford) what I say is he is certainly the best welterweight that I’ve seen since Sugar Ray Leonard and I would make him comparable, maybe a little favorite, if back in the day if he fought against Ray who was a great, great welterweight. But he’s of that calibre.”
While many feel it might be a bit early to be making such comparisons it’s certainly high praise from a guy in Arum’s position.
To truly cement his legacy however ‘Bud’ Crawford will need to take on the other top welterweights of his era — including the likes of IBF champion Errol Spence.