Arum sees Florida as potential site for boxing

Top Rank Founder and CEO Bob Arum attends a news conference announcing Top Rank Boxing’s fall schedule at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on September 13, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

MANILA, Philippines — Top Rank chief Bob Arum may have just found a solution to being able to stage boxing events while sports remain paralyzed due to COVID-19.

In a report from ESPN, Arum said he’s looking into the possibility of scheduling his events in Florida at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently deemed the WWE as an “essential business” in the state and that allowed the company to continue with weekly its shows Raw, SmackDown Live, and NXT.

“It’s very interesting and we’re going to be in touch with them,” said Arum in the report. “There’s a possibility to use their facility to maybe do events without a crowd.”

Arum added that he discussed the possibility with Top Rank president Todd duBoef and that he has a close relationship with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.

“We’re very close with Vince and the WWE. So let’s see, but we’re still not talking before June.”

Top Rank was set to stage the third showdown between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder in the summer, but was put on hold along with other cards due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s still unclear when the heavyweight clash will be rescheduled, or will it involve a live crowd, but Arum believes the fight could happen at the end of 2020.

Arum added if boxing in would resume, it would do so with events at an empty arena while major cards like Wilder-Fury III could eventually happen once crowded events are allowed.

“It all depends, the whole reopening of the country, the different states,

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Quique Setien, Van Halen and Barcelona, a club which is now rotten to its core

Remember Gary Cherone? Is the name ringing any bells?

In the early 1990s, Cherone was the frontman of American rock band Extreme, who enjoyed major worldwide success with acoustic ballad More Than Words, along with a string of more minor hits. After a few years, though, the usual old ‘artistic differences’ derailed the band, and in 1996 they split up.

Cherone was left without a job and wondering what to do next, despondent at the disintegration of his life’s work. But then came a bolt from the blue and an offer he simply could not refuse: the chance to become the new lead singer of rock giants Van Halen. He could scarcely believe his luck. Van Halen, although by then a fading force, were true titans of the music scene and Cherone – like every other rocker of his generation – had grown up idolising them. It was, quite literally, his dream job.

So he jumped at the opportunity and headed into the studio…where everything quickly unravelled as Cherone discovered the band and everything surrounding them was in a state of decay. His personal relationships with the other members were fine, but the environment around the band had turned sour, and the chemistry just wasn’t right.

In particular, genius guitarist Eddie Van Halen – widely regarded as one of the greatest rock guitar players of all-time – appeared to be burdened by a need to do everything. Instead of just writing killer riffs, he now felt obliged to also play bass, write piano-based songs, add vocals, arrange and produce, as well as confronting a pile of ugly responsibilities away from the studio…and as a result of all that interference to his primary task, the old magic just wasn’t there.

Nevertheless Cherone stuck with it, and the album Van Halen III

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Report: Trump to hold conference call with sports leaders Wednesday

U.S. President Donald Trump will hold a conference call with sports leaders on Wednesday as part of his committee to “reopen America,” Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

At a press conference earlier Tuesday, Trump announced the following sports leaders would be included on the committee, which features almost 200 bussiness leaders from across a wide range of industries:

• NBA commissioner Adam Silver

• MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

• NHL commissioner Gary Bettman

• NFL commissioner Roger Goodell

• UFC president Dana White

• PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan

• LPGA commissioner Michael Whan

• USTA chairman Patrick Galbraith

• MLS commissioner Don Garber

• WWE chairman Vince McMahon

• NASCAR vice-chairperson Lesa Kennedy

• New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft

• Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones

• Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban

“We want to get our sports back so importantly,” Trump said. “We have to get our sports back. I’m tired of watching baseball games that are 14 years old. But I haven’t actually had too much time to watch. I would say maybe I watch one batter and then I get back to work.”

Trump also held a conference call with sports leaders on April 4, where he thanked them for their roles in fighting the new coronavirus in their communities, according to Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere.

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