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Topping the 2019 Boxing News Power List is Bob Arum, the 88-year-old promoter who shows no sign of slowing down. Ron Lewis caught up with the legendary figure to find out how he stays relevant in an ever-changing sport

★BOB★ ARUM

THE key is to constantly have young people involved in the business,” says Bob Arum, 88 years young and still the biggest hitter in the boxing business.

“It’s very, very hard for an older person not to be caught up in the ways he was used to in the past. As soon as I hear an idea that I am not familiar with that involves new technology, I go to my young people and they have read about it, or know about it, and they can brief me.”

It feels like Bob Arum has been around in the boxing business forever - he even pronounces champion “champ-een”, like a character in a 1950s gangster film, and will wax lyrically tales of Ali, or Hagler, or Oscar or Manny. While he might not do all the heavy lifting at the company he built right now, he is still very much front and centre at Top Rank.

And these are heady times for Top Rank. A few years ago, they were being squeezed as one of HBO’s promoters, but a monster deal with ESPN, the biggest sports broadcaster in the United States, owned by Disney, and its sister streaming service ESPN+, has given them the biggest platform in the sport today.

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AWARDS SEASON – Rating the best fighters and fights of the year and decade THE POWER LIST – Ranking the 50 most influential figures in the sport today FEATURES GALORE – Frank Warren, Bob Arum and the 50 greatest boxing films MUCH, MUCH MORE – Inside our bumper 80-page Christmas special edition