Marlins Park To Host Top Rank Fight Card Featuring Timothy Bradley
Top Rank Chair Bob Arum said that WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley “will defend his title ‘against a top-ranked, well-known welterweight’ on Dec. 15 at Marlins Park, as the main event of an HBO card,” according to Kevin Iole of YAHOO SPORTS. The show “will be the first boxing event held” at the $515M baseball stadium. Arum said that the stadium “will be configured to seat between 20,000 and 25,000 fans” and added that he will “fill the card with fighters who will appeal to the Miami audience.” A Top Rank Miguel Cotto-Yuri Foreman fight at Yankee Stadium in '10 "drew more than 20,000.” The ring for that show was “in right center field, because the fight came in June and the Yankees were still playing.” Arum said that the ring for the card at Marlins Park “will be in the infield and will allow for better sight lines.” Arum: "The Marlins will help us and will [market the event to] their season ticket holders. We'll keep the prices reasonable. There will be a lot of hoopla around it being the first fight in the new stadium, and we'll have a lot of the Cubans on the card” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 9/28). Arum said Marlins Park officials contacted him about the fight because “they know after we’ve done shows at Yankee Stadium and Cowboys Stadium, we know how to do these things” (L.A. TIMES, 9/28).