Duck and Cover: Mt. Arum Erupts

By Robert Ecksel on March 31, 2013
Duck and Cover: Mt. Arum Erupts
One of the lesser known but no less volatile volcanoes is Mount Arum in Las Vegas, Nevada.


There is Mount Vesuvius in Naples, Krakotoa in Indonesia, Mauna Loa in Hawaii, and Mount Pinatubu in the Philippines. One of the lesser known but no less volatile volcanoes is Mount Arum in Las Vegas. Mount Arum is an active volcano that erupts only on occasion. Its lava flow is dormant, but plumes of smoke and molten rock have been known to reach for the sky when people least expect it.

Basking in the afterglow of the rematch between Mike Alvarado and Brandon Rios, their promoter Bob Arum took to the podium at the post-fight presser and had a few choice words he wanted to share.

It’s a given that there’s no love lost between Arum and Golden Boy’s Oscar De La Hoya and Richard Schaefer. The bad blood between Top Rank and Golden Boy is a fact of life, and like most facts of life it’s only relevant if someone’s getting screwed. Who is and is not getting screwed depends if one is on top or on the bottom. So it might be best, under the circumstances, to document our position before taking too hard a stand.

Arum spoke about the rubber match between Alvarado and Rios and the possibility of Denver hosting the bout. It has stadiums. It has arenas. It is Mike Alvarado’s home town and is filled with rabid fans. He also compared Saturday’s fight to Hagler-Hearns, Bradley-Provodnikov, and Morales-Barrera.

“Fans want to see action and exciting fights,” Arum said. “That’s what they want to see. Some people in boxing want to sign fighters and have them fight tomato cans and have networks pay to SHOW those fights—and it goes on and on and on. That’s not what the fans want.

“Fans love to watch boxing if it’s exciting, if it’s competitive, and not if it’s appearance fights. For years we were fed a steady diet of this kid Berto with guys that nobody remembers their names. That cost millions of dollars to one of the networks. And what did they get for it? Guts. And what did their subscribers get for it? The finger.”

Everybody laughed.

“And some guy who used to be in the MUSIC BUSINESS rapes HBO and hoodwinked the public—and hopefully now it’s over…except may be network that gives out sinecures.”

Few take potshots at Al Haymon, in part because he’s a moving target.

Someone asked Arum about De La Hoya. Earlier in the day Oscar tweeted that he wouldn’t be watching the Alvarado-Rios rematch because he decided to let his subscription to HBO lapse.

“Oscar is absolutely one of the brainiest guys I’ve ever known,” Arum said with his tongue stuck firmly in his cheek, “and probably did it while he was putting on those kind of leggings. I really mean it. Who the hell is Oscar De La Hoya? He’s a moron!”

Mount Arum had just erupted.

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  1. Mike Schmidt 10:27am, 04/01/2013

    Well fearless Editor I was ringside as you know Saturday night. I went over and said a hello to my buddy B. Shumenov, current Light Heavy Champ and then had a quick hello and Chat with Mr. Bob Arum. He was a perfect gent. Blame Bob for…..Bradley fight of the year, errr Blame Bob, for Rios vs Alvarado 11 fight of the year, Blame Bob for errr….Donaire vs Rigo—number one rated vs number two possibly and a very compelling match up. Blame Bob for Marquez KO of the year, Blame Bob for Donaire as fighter of the year….on and on and on. I have hiked to the top of-five active volcanoes in my day, and did one drive in at St Kitts—I guess I just like volcanoes when they blast out the right kinda stuff- hee hee hee

  2. Mike Casey 07:54am, 04/01/2013

    Bob plainly doesn’t wear such garments, Irish - and Oscar won’t be lending him a pair after those catty remarks!

  3. KenM 07:25pm, 03/31/2013

    Arum & HBO have been coming out with some great cards since the split, and Goldenboy have inceasingly sounded like a bunch of petty b*tches (Poor Oscar cancelled his subscription - what a pathetic response!)
    How long this lasts for is a little doubtful, but it’s a good start & hopefully Showtime will reply with some great competition in return making fans the winners.

  4. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 02:17pm, 03/31/2013

    Memo to Bob Arum: They’re called fishnet hosiery Bob…not leggings…now who’s the moron?

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