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Arum planning 'Hands Across the Border' PPV card

Top Rank's promoter Bob Arum is planning to put on a pay-per-view card on Nov. 5 called "Hands Across the Border." Al Bello/Getty Images

When Top Rank promoter Bob Arum filled out the pay-per-view undercard of Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley III on April 9 he dubbed it the “No Trump” undercard because it included three of the best Mexican fighters in his stable, Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, Oscar Valdez and Mexican-American Jose Ramirez, and was Arum’s way of pushing back against presidential candidate Donald Trump’s controversial immigration policies and his desire to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border.

Arum, of course, did not mind getting the card some publicity either, and now he is looking to do it again. Arum said he is planning to put on a pay-per-view card Nov. 5, three days before Election Day, that he will call “Hands Across the Border.”

Arum said he and Mexican promoter Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions, with whom he does a lot of business, would stage a split site card with two title fights taking place in Tucson, Arizona and two others in Mexico City.

Arum said the fights are not set, but he hopes to include two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez in a featherweight title bout on the Tucson portion of the card. Valdez was born in Mexico and lives in Nogales, just across the border from Tucson, where he grew up before moving back to Nogales.

Valdez likely will first appear on the July 23 Terence Crawford-Viktor Postol undercard but with featherweight titleholder Vasyl Lomachenko moving up to junior lightweight to challenge titleholder Roman “Rocky” Martinez on June 11, it would most likely leave the featherweight belt vacant. Valdez will soon be designated a mandatory challenger and could fight for the vacant belt on July 23 or Nov. 5.

In another of the bouts targeted for Tucson, Arum said Beltran was looking at unified flyweight titleholder Juan Francisco Estrada to make a defense – if he does not wind up in a rematch/unification fight with champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez.

On the Mexican part of the card, Arum said he hopes that he can make a fight for super middleweight titleholder Gilberto Ramirez, assuming he retains his title on the Crawford-Postol undercard. As for the fourth bout, Arum said he and Beltran are considering variety of possibilities.