Top Rank, Inc. is ready to promote “The Heavyweight Debate: Donald Trump vs. Bernie Sanders.” The idea of the debate was first proposed on Wednesday night when Trump appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Kimmel asked Trump if he would consider it.
Trump’s response to Kimmel was “We would have such high ratings and I think I should take that money and give it to some worthy charity.”
Enter promoter Bob Arum. Of course, politics and boxing go hand in hand with each other, and Jimmy Kimmel himself is no stranger to the boxing world.
“It’s the debate of the century between two of the top pound for pound politicians in the country — Mr. Trump, the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee and Senator Sanders, the Democratic candidate.
“We have two contenders ready, willing and able to go mano a mano over the most important issues facing the United States. And I am ready to promote it.”
Top Rank’s proposal is as follows:
- Top Rank will negotiate a site fee from a major U.S. venue for the debate
- Top Rank will produce and distribute the debate live on pay-per-view throughout the U.S.
- Top Rank will distribute the debate via closed-circuit to establishments in the U.S., including but not exclusive to, bars, restaurants, and movie theater chains
- 80% of the net proceeds will go to the charity or charities of the candidates’ choice, agreed upon in advance, with a minimum of $20 million being donated
- The moderator or moderators will be subject to the approval of the candidates, though Arum has recommended Secretary Hillary Clinton, Senator Ted Cruz and Governor Mitt Romney.
Stay tuned for more updates on this pound for pound battle extraordinaire, Trump vs. Sanders – The Heavyweight Debate.