Is Bob Arum Really a Lawyer? – A Look Back on His Years of Education

Published 03/03/2021, 8:00 AM EST
NEW YORK – JUNE 03: Bob Arum attends the Friars Club Salute to Bob Arum at New York Friars Club on June 3, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)


Bob Arum is the most renowned and influential personality in boxing. Arum dedicated his life to the sport, working for countless years. Throughout his extensive spell in boxing, Arum promoted some top-tier athletes and showed them a successful route in this sport. Besides this, he also pursued an extravagant career before inclining towards boxing.

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Arum who hails from a Jewish background grew up in Crown Heights in New York. He attended Erasmus High School and later New York University. Post that, Arum got admitted to the top-tier law college, the Harvard Law School.

Until 1965, he worked as an attorney in the United States Department of Justice. While he worked in the legal profession, Arum simultaneously developed an urge to work in boxing.

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Promoter Bob Arum at a press conference at The Copacabana announcing the June 25, 2005 superfight between Arturo Gatti and Floyd Mayweather, which will take place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/WireImage)

‘The Bobfather’ employed his legal education and business mindset to promote the bigwigs of the sport. He notably promoted the most captivating star of the sport, Muhammad Ali in the 80s. This was just the stepping stone of his mammoth upcoming success.

He staged some of the best fights for boxing fans in the form of Marvin Hagler vs Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns vs James Shuler, and more. In no time, he became a star promoter in the sport and added more and more stout pugilists to his stable.

Moreover, the former lawyer was also the pioneer for the Pay Per View concept in boxing.

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Bob Arum found his own promotion company

Bob Arum founded Top Pank Promotions in 1973, but he laid his roots in the sport much prior to that. Ever since he came out with his own promotion, there’s been no turning back for him.

LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 14: Terence Crawford and Bob Arum post fight after his victory over Kell Brook for the WBO welterweight title at the MGM Grand Conference Center on November 14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

He turned his passion into a profession and earned millions for the same. Till today, he’s going super strong with his firm, staging magnetic fights that lure the fans. After spending so many decades in this sport, the 89-year-old still keeps himself pro-active and knows the taste of boxing fans.

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His promotion company has some renowned names of boxing as Teofimo Lopez, Manny Pacquiao, Terence Crawford and more.

In the coming years, too, he wishes to entertain the vast boxing fan base by conducting cosmic boxing battles.

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According to you, is Bob Arum the best promoter in boxing at present?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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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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