Bob Arum Hatches Elaborate Plan to Get UK Fans for Josh Taylor vs Jose Ramirez

Published 03/08/2021, 5:00 PM CST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 11: Top Rank Founder and CEO Bob Arum speaks during a news conference for the heavyweight fight between Tyson Fury and Otto Wallin at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on September 11, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wallin and Fury will meet in a heavyweight bout on September 14 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Top Rank’s Bob Arum may have provided some good news for British boxing fans. The promoter revealed his plan to guarantee British fans for the Josh Taylor vs Jose Ramirez fight. He even revealed how he wants to do it.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MAY 18: Josh Taylor of Scotland celebrates as he beats Ivan Baranchyk of Russia on points during the WBSS Super Lightweight Semi Final IBF World Championship fight at the Muhammad Ali Trophy Semi-Finals – World Boxing Super Series Fight Night at The SSE Hydro on May 18, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Ramirez and Taylor will battle it out for the undisputed super-lightweight title on May 22nd. And with the situation regarding COVID-19 getting better in the US, the fight will have fans. However, Arum has promised to have fans from the UK as well.

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The famous promoter spoke to talkSPORT and revealed his hope for at least 50% capacity by June. He referenced the claims by President Joe Biden and said he is optimistic about the possibility of having 100% capacity.

However, regardless of the situation, Arum wants fans from the UK. About that situation, he said, “We’ll have between 6,000 and 7,000 seats available at a minimum.

“There’s a big demand for tickets. But reading the situation over in the UK–they’re not allowing UK citizens to leave on tourism, hopefully, that’ll change by May 22nd.”

With this comment, the promoter showed his desire to have a representation for Josh Taylor. He then revealed they would reserve at least 1,000 of the 6,000 tickets for fans of Josh Taylor.

Why is Bob Arum adamant about having fans from the UK?

The Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury has taken all the headlines in recent weeks. However, just like the Fury-Joshua fight, this bout between Taylor and Ramirez will also be for the undisputed title. Despite this, it has gone slightly under the radar.

British fans are some of the most passionate boxing fans in the world. Furthermore, they will add to a fantastic atmosphere regardless of the number. In addition, it also ensures both fighters are represented in the crowd.

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – JULY 27: Jose Ramirez celebrates his TKO against Maurice Hooker during their WBO & WBC Junior Welterweight World Championship fight at College Park Center on July 27, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Arum knows the difference a crowd can make to a fighter and how much it can influence any bout. Moreover, it also provides a source of added income for the company. Therefore, having fans would benefit all parties involved in the fight.

What do you make of this plan from Bob Arum? Do you think UK fans will make it for the Josh Taylor vs Jose Ramirez fight?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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