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Bob Arum

Bob Arum

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Robert "Bob" Arum (b. 1931) is a boxing promoter who helped change the way fans see the sport.

Arum promoted the first fight he ever attended, Muhammad Ali's title bout with George Chuvalo in March, 1966. It was the start to a long partnership, as he eventually promoted 25 bouts for Ali.  In promoting champions like Ali, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes, Marvin Hagler, “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya with “superfights” such as Hagler-Leonard, Ali-Frazier and many others, Arum has participated in most of the top-grossing fights in boxing history.

Arum changed the landscape of boxing in Las Vegas through his promotion of the first major bout to be held in a casino venue – Ali/Spinks I at the Las Vegas Hilton in February 1978.  His rise culminated in September of 1978 when he promoted a then-record four world title fights. 

Arum also was on the cutting edge by utilizing technology as a promotion and marketing strategy.  In the early 1970s, Arum established himself by understanding the complexities and potential of closed-circuit television as a marketing vehicle to present championship matches.

In the 1980s, he solidified his position as one of the sport's top promoters by utilizing the growing pay-per-view medium. Today, Arum has received countless awards and accolades, including being inducted in the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1999, and named "Promoter of the Year" by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) in 2005. 

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