Bob Arum Trashes Lopez, Garcia, Haney, and Davis: “I Look at Them as Wannabes”

Published 06/12/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 04: Bob Arum speaks during the Manny Pacquiao v Chris Algieri Media Tour at The Liberty Theatre on September 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)


The boxing universe is filled with paramount talent and sublime stalwarts in every division. However, out of all the dynamic divisions, one roster that separates itself from the rest is the lightweight division. This is predominantly because the 135-pound division has some exuberant talents like Teofimo Lopez, Ryan Garcia, Devin Haney, and Gervonta Davis.

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Many boxing fans also refer to these pugilists as the four kings of the current boxing world.

However, the Top Rank boss, Bob Arum, doesn’t feel the same. He said, “Don’t mention them in the same breath as those four greats. These guys might one day be great, right now I look at them as wannabes… Anybody who says any are greats now doesn’t understand the history of boxing.”

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In the retro boxing era, ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns, and Roberto Duran got cited among the four kings of boxing. These boxers had immense respect, and they’re still considered among the best to step inside the squared circle.

That said, even Bob Arum holds mammoth admiration for these boxers. And he certainly feels that there’s no comparison between today’s lightweight stars and the four kings.

Lopez, Garcia, Haney, and Davis are all undefeated stalwarts, who’re going super strong with their boxing run. However, per Arum, it seems that they got a long way to go.

Will Teofimo Lopez, Ryan Garcia, Devin Haney, and Gervonta Davis walk down as sheer legends of the game?

Currently, Teofimo Lopez holds most of the belts in the 135-pound division, with many claiming he is undisputed.

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However, Garcia, Haney, and ‘Tank’ are equally skilled prospects who make the lightweight roster captivating. And considering their paramount talents, it’s safe to admit that these four boxers are rightfully on their way to becoming legends of the sport.

It’ll be interesting to see if they really live up to the expectations and buzz created around them. What do you draw off Bob Arum’s comments? Let us know.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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