This fight week will be headlined by three star boxers – Shakur Stevenson, Gabriel “Bam” Rodriguez and Sebastian Fundora – who will all be taking center stage. Shakur Stevenson, who is only 25 years old, is viewed as one of the potential successors to the pound-for-pound king Terence Crawford. He recently lost his 130-pound title by missing weight before his fight against Robson Conceicao, yet still won the fight by a wide decision. Even before this fight, the young fighter had already impressed the public with convincing victories over Jamel Herring and Oscar Valdez. This Saturday’s opponent for Stevenson, Yoshino, is by no means an easy task for him, however. Yoshino, a 31-year-old boxer-puncher from Tokyo, has gained himself recognition in Japan with impressive wins over Masayuki Ito and Masayoshi Nakatani. Behind Stevenson, however, is a promotional team led by Bob Arum, who has much more grand plans for this young boxer if he wins the fight. In fact, Arum has said he hopes Stevenson can face the winner of the May 20th fight between Devin Haney, the current undisputed champion, and Vasiliy Lomachenko, a former titleholder.
The company mentioned in this article is Top Rank, which is an American-based boxing promotional company founded by veteran promoter Bob Arum. It was created in 1973 and operates as a subsidiary of ESPN. It has promoted some of the biggest boxing matches, most notably between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali in 1971, and has signed some of the sport’s top boxers like Manny Pacquiao, Terence Crawford and Takeru Asahisa. Top Rank has recently seen a resurgence with its involvement in the “Fight of the Century” between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao in 2015.
The person mentioned in this article is Bob Arum, the legendary boxing promoter who founded Top Rank. A Harvard law graduate, Arum has been promoting boxing since the mid-1960s. He has been influential in the careers of many boxers including Muhammad Ali and Oscar De La Hoya among many others. His Top Rank brand has had a steady resurgence in recent years and he continues to be a major promoter in the boxing landscape. Arum is currently responsible for promoting some of the best fights in the game, like the recently announced Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua superfight.