‘We’ll Jam a Bid Up His A**’ – Bob Arum Angry at Eddie Hearn’s Bid for Teofimo Lopez vs George Kambosos Jr.

Published 02/26/2021, 8:00 AM EST
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 has shown his anger to rival Eddie Hearn after the Englishman tried to hijack the Teofimo Lopez vs. George Kambosos bid. Arum sent a stern warning to the Matchroom MD, suggesting they would get back at them.

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RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 03: Boxing Promoter Eddie Hearn is interviewed ringside during the Clash on the Dunes Public Work Out at Public at the Investment Fund office complex on December 03, 2019 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

This comes because of the purse bid the IBF had called for Lopez vs. Kambosos Jr. Rumors suggested that Eddie Hearn would make a bid to host the fight. And when he did, it did not go down well with Arum.

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The famous promoter spoke to Manouk Akopyan on YouTube and gave his honest take on Hearn. He said, “Yeah, we’ll get back at them [Matchroom]. I’m angry at them. Yeah, but again, they didn’t get it and all they ended up doing was pissing us off because I think it’s just wrong.”

If his comments were not clear enough, Arum then sent a stern warning to Hearn later on in the video. “He better watch out the next time he goes to purse bid when the fighters have no connection to ESPN/Top Rank. And maybe we’ll jam a bid up his a**,” said Arum.

Despite this, the promoter confirmed it would in no way affect the negotiations for the Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua fight. This should come as good news for fans who want the heavyweight undisputed bout.

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Eddie Hearn outbid Bob Arum

The fact Hearn bid for one of Arum’s prized fighters was bad enough. However, the outspoken Englishman didn’t just match Arum’s bid. Instead, he outbid the Top Rank promoter by more than a million dollars.

According to reports, Matchroom bid $3.56 million to host the fight, while Arum bid $2.315 million. This showed Hearn’s genuine effort to get the fight on DAZN. Moreover, it showed how highly the Englishman rated Lopez and his ability to sell fights.

Just got off a call with Bob Arum.

He was complimentary of Ryan Kavanaugh & angry w/ Eddie Hearn.

"Hearn lost & pissed us off at the same time. He better watch out the next time he goes to purse bid when fighters have no connection to ESPN/Top Rank. We’ll jam a bid up his ass." https://t.co/QoLQJ2pIue

— Manouk Akopyan (@ManoukAkopyan) February 25, 2021

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Fortunately for Arum, Triller bid $6 million and will host the event on their streaming service. Therefore, Bob Arum will not have to face the prospect of losing out on one of his biggest stars to his fiercest rival.

What do you make of Bob Arum’s comments? Do you think Eddie Hearn was wrong to bid for the 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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