Arum on Loma-Rigo, Dubai show, Macao and more
Promoter Bob Arum has told Boxing Monthly that there is a “good chance” of Vasyl Lomachenko meeting Gulliermo Rigondeaux in a fight that will delight boxing purists.
Arum, currently in Macao to promote his ‘Victory At The Venetian’ card headlined by the IBF 140lbs scrap between Ik Yang and Cesar Cuenca, said he should have concrete news after he returns from Asia next week.
“There is a good chance of it happening. I’ve got to get back and put everything together, but I’d like to do that fight,” Arum told BM. “I think the Rigondeaux team is all right. I didn’t like Rigondeaux’s style, but I think it meshes good with Lomachenko. It would be a sensational fight.
“I would never agree to a catch weight,” he continued. “It would be in the Fall [for Lomachenko’s WBO featherweight title]. We are looking at Chicago as a possible place.”
But it may well be that the clash between amateur boxing icons turned elite professional world champions finds its way to the exotic locale of Dubai – with Arum set for talks next week about a promotion headlined by WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley and the unbeaten Sadam Ali.
“I will know about Dubai when I get back to the States,” said Arum. “A delegation from Dubai is supposedly meeting with me the week beginning 20th July. We’ll see. There has been a lot of good talk, but whether it’s realistic – I’ll know next week. If that came to fruition, I would put Lomachenko vs Rigondeaux on the card and maybe, also to make a super card, [Nonito] Donaire, if he wins, and [Scott] Quigg, if he wins.”
Both Donaire and Quigg are in action on Saturday, in Macao and Manchester respectively.
Arum also confirmed the return of Zou Shiming to Macao later this year and will host a press conference on Saturday to announce a commitment to boxing in mainland China with shows “almost every other week".
“Zou Shiming is going to return in November [date TBA] and it would be great if Ik Yang won a world title,” said Arum. “We are going to need, as we keep building Chinese fighters, more of them stepping up and winning championships. We might do a smaller September show in Macao. It may be there are not any Venetian shows for a while, but the Venetian is not the only property in Macao. Everybody wants to do boxing.”
Arum also had updated news of undefeated WBO 140lbs champion and pound-for-pound standout Terence Crawford, the 2014 ‘Fighter of the Year’.
“Terence Crawford is fighting 24 October in Omaha and we hope it will be against [Golden Boy Promotions fighter] Mauricio Herrera - that will be a good fight," he said.
“The relationship with Golden Boy is excellent. We’re competing companies, but we’re allies in a lot of other things and their fighters fight our fighters and our fighters fight their fighters.”
Nonito Donaire-Anthony Settoul, as well as Jose Ramírez's bout with Ryusei Yoshida, will be televised to the U.S, via same-day delay, on Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMás, beginning at 11pm ET/PT.
Victory at the Venetian will be broadcast live on BoxNation in the UK from 1.30pm.
Yang-Cuenca will be streamed live in the US on Toprank.tv from 6am ET with most of the undercard.