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Promoter Bob Arum reflects on his 50 years of experience in the boxing world

Promoter Bob Arum reflects on his 50 years of experience in the boxing world

Twenty minutes before his 2,000th boxing card began Saturday night, veteran promoter Bob Arum was in his seat, anticipating his next big fight and reflecting on the 50 years of experiences that preceded the event.

“I look back on pictures and see a young man, and I can’t believe it when I say that was me,” Arum said. “It’s been a lot of blood and sweat … and most of it was left by those guys in the ring.”

Arum, 85, opened his career with what he said may rank as the most perilous promotion of his career -- Muhammad Ali’s 1966 unanimous-decision victory over Canadian George Chuvalo in Toronto when Ali’s objection to the...

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