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article imageQuality boxing fights coming up as Arum, Haymon reconcile

By Leo Reyes     Jun 10, 2016 in Sports
The long and intense rivalry between promoter Bob Arum and boxing adviser Al Haymon have finally come to an end with the resolution of their pending lawsuits which prevented them from jointly staging competitive matches for boxing fans to watch and enjoy.
Last year, Arum filed a $100 million lawsuit in the US District Court in Los Angeles alleging that Haymon, through his Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) TV series has violated federal antitrust laws and the federal Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act.
In his lawsuit, Arum's lawyer said that Haymon's actions in relation to PBC could cripple boxing competition, which could lead to irreversible harm to industry players.
“If left unabated, this conspiracy threatens to fatally cripple competition in [boxing], thereby causing substantial and irreversible harm to boxers, legitimate promoters, and consumers,” Top Rank attorney Daniel Petrocelli wrote in the lawsuit. Read more:
Arum's former Top Rank Promotions fighter and now Golden Boy Promotions owner Oscar de la Hoya also filed a similar lawsuit against Haymon. No settlement yet has been reported in the case of Dela Hoya.
“We talked as recently as yesterday, and we’re going to talk again on Monday,” Arum told a small group of reporters on Thursday. “And eventually we’ll come up with some matches that we’ll make. There’s nothing that will prevent that from happening.” Arum said.
While Arum has admitted that he and Haymon have been talking for some time, no specific match involving Top Rank and Haymon's managed fighters has been made,
“There’s no impediment. We talk from time to time. So that means when there’s a match that could be made that’s an attractive match, we’ll make it. But right now we’re not talking about a specific match.” he said.
Meanwhile, Arum is set to travel to Louisville to attend the Muhammad Ali's funeral over the weekend. Arum served as Ali's promoter in the early part of his career. Ali died Friday in Arizona after battling Parkinson's disease for over 30 years. He was 74.
Arum, who co-promoted the "Thrilla in Manila" with Don King said Ali was the greatest boxer of all time.
"I think when you talk about Muhammad Ali, as great an athlete, as great a boxer as he was, he was the greatest boxer of all time, he means so much more to the United States and the world," Arum told Reuters. "He was a transformative figure in our society," he added.
Arum will be joined by fellow promoter Don King along with notable attendees including former US President Bill Clinton, former boxing champions Sugar Ray Leonard, Lennox Lewis, George Foreman, Larry Holmes and Bernard Hopkins, among others.
BoxingScene.com ‏@boxingscene 18h18 hours ago
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