At 91 years old, Bob Arum has been involved in boxing for over 60 years and has been involved in some of the biggest fights of all time, including the epic trilogy between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, as well as the record breaking pay per view clash between Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya.
Still as involved as ever at the top end of the sport, Arum has revealed the one match up he wants to make before he calls time on his long and storied career.
He revealed in a recent interview with SecondsOut that he wants to stage an undisputed heavyweight world title clash between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.
“That [the undisputed heavyweight world title fight] is what I hope to do before I retire or end my career in boxing, is to do that unification fight.”
Boxing fans could be forgiven for losing hope that a legacy defining four-belt unification between Usyk and Fury will ever take place, given the multiple failed negotiation stages that have already occurred.
Both teams remain confident that it will take place in the first half of 2024, but, as things stand, both may have a fight in between now and then.
Fury will take on former UFC star Francis Ngannou in a non title contest in Riyadh on October 28th, for which the official press conference was held this week.
And Usyk is expected to be ordered to defend his three world titles against mandatory challenger Filip Hrgovic in the coming weeks, with the Croat reportedly not interested in any potential step a side deal.