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Arum's anger Daniel Kinahan's promoter buddy Bob Arum describes claims he is racist as 'stupid'

'You can call me by different names. You can call me cheap, you can call me greedy if you like. But calling me a racist? It's f**king stupid'

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Bob Arum and Daniel Kinahan

Bob Arum and Daniel Kinahan

Bob Arum and Daniel Kinahan

The famed boxing promoter Bob Arum, who is a good pal of Irish mobster Daniel Kinahan, has lashed out at allegations made by his former fighter Terence Crawford that he is racist, describing them as “stupid". 

Earlier this year WBO welterweight title holder sued his former promoter and Top Rank for violating their contract.

The boxer and promoter parted ways last November after Crawford knocked out Sean Porter in the 10th round.

However, a lawsuit subsequently brought by Crawford made several allegations and in addition to contractual disputes, accused Arum of racism.

The veteran promoter blamed Crawford’s’ inner circle for giving him bad advice and although he did not name specific individuals, Arum says Crawford is being advised by Kinahan, the alleged leader of an Irish drug cartel and founder of MTK Global, a boxing company.

“Terence is being advised by the wrong people,” he added. “The best thing that could happen after the end of our contract is if we parted ways without any disputes.”

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Influence: Boxing promoter Bob Arum. JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Influence: Boxing promoter Bob Arum. JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Influence: Boxing promoter Bob Arum. JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Crawford (34) signed a deal with New York-born Arum and his company Top Rank in 2011.

But he later split with Arum in November 2021 and filed a lawsuit that claims Arum's "sordid history with athletes of colour, especially Black fighters, and his bias favouring white and Latino fighters is well-documented and known throughout the boxing world”.

But in an interview with FightHype, Arum said: "These accusations are stupid. I don't even pay attention to them. You can call me by different names. You can call me cheap, you can call me greedy if you like - there is some debate about this. But calling me a racist? It's f**king stupid.

The 90-year-old claimed that he held Crawford in high regard as a fighter but was disappointed with the Nebraska native's marketing skills.

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“Regarding Top Rank, as far as I understand, Terence is a great boxer, one of the best boxers without a doubt, but it didn’t help us in any way with his promotion, because he was a kind of fighter who somehow leaked everything,” said Arum.

“He prepared like hell and worked very hard, but this to some extent prevented us from promoting his fights. That is why the results we got in promotions left much to be desired. What he did in the ring was amazing because he always entered the ring fully prepared and focused."

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WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford

WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford

WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford

Arum, who also found himself in hot water over comments he made following the announcement of the Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano fight when he claimed that people don't "pay attention" to women's boxing, is an old pal of Kinahan’s.

Arum, who has managed the likes of Muhammed Ali, previously praised Kinahan, who now passes himself off as an "adviser" to young boxers, for securing a fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.

In an interview on Newstalk Breakfast last year, when Kinahan’s background story was put to Arum, he dismissed the allegations, saying he only judges Kinahan for his interactions in boxing.

"Those are allegations and I don't know anything about that, and his dealings with us have been solely about Tyson Fury and the sport of boxing,” Arum said.

"And if anybody asks me, I would say without any question, that I find him to be an honourable man.

"Whatever the other allegations are and so forth - whether they're true or not true - I can't get into, and I'm not going to get into, because it's none of my business.

"He has developed a great deal of trust with my company, myself and our people.

"He certainly is a trusted confident of Tyson Fury - so obviously his participation and his views were most significant and most important in getting this off the ground."

Mr Arum also said that not only is he (Kinahan) intelligent... but he is "dead honest and forthright and he's a no-nonsense guy".

"You don't waste a lot of time beating around the bush with him," he added.

"Everything that he has told us and every promise that he's made to us, he's more than fulfilled - and I think he would say the same thing about us."

Asked about any concerns about Mr Kinahan's past and being named in the courts, Arum said: "I'm not naive - what did or didn't happen prior to his involvement in boxing is not of a major concern to me.

"First of all they're allegations, and secondly they don't really speak to how he has acted when he has been involved in boxing - which is forthright, honest, reliable, etc."

"In boxing, you might remind your prime minister, we've had situations where we've had athletes who were accused and convicted of major crimes serve their time and came into the sport of boxing and not only performed well but excelled, like Bernard Hopkins.

"Boxing has been used by many people who've had questionable backgrounds - if they come in to box, if they conduct themselves well - yes they then achieve a new type of attitude that people have to them because they're nothing but forthright.”

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