Robert “Bob” Arum, 88, of the United States is one of the leaders in the boxing industry who reacted to the announcement about the pioneering boxing summit Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa (KHK) Sports and MTK Global will host in Bahrain this autumn. The boxing promoter sent a message to the two companies.
KHK Sports is a vision of His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, 30, of Bahrain. He is his home country’s first deputy president of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, the Bahrain Olympic Committee president and the BRAVE Combat Federation founder.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, USA, Arum attended Erasmus Hall High School, New York University and Harvard Law School. In 1973, he and the late Jabir Herbert Muhammad founded boxing promotional company Top Rank, Inc., which is based in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
“Top Rank is very excited to have received the news from MTK Global that we may be about to conclude a major arrangement to do world-class boxing matches together with His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa and the team at KHK Sports,” Arum stated. “We are very enthusiastic about putting events in Bahrain and making the country a worldwide tourist destination.”
Prior to the announcement of the boxing summit, KHK Sports appointed Daniel Kinahan, 42, of Ireland as a special advisor. Arum said, “We appreciate the work and effort of advisor Daniel Kinahan, who has dedicated himself to exploring the possibility of opening up this new market.”
Kinahan has been instrumental in securing some of the biggest global events in the sport. As advisor for Top Rank in the MENA region, he has expertise and connections that will strengthen the KHK Sports brand and immediately expand its international reach.
Both Kinahan and MTK Global president Bob Yalen, 62, of the U.S. are excited about the upcoming events. The latter said, “MTK Global has always prided itself on its great working relationship with all the leading promoters, managers and leaders in the sport.”