Patrick McKendry is a rugby writer for the Herald.

Boxing promoter: I want to move to NZ after Trump result

Legendary American boxing promoter Bob Arum is so devastated by Donald Trump's presidential victory that he is considering moving to New Zealand.

Arum spoke to Kiwi media this morning with one of his boxers, Mexican American Andy Ruiz Jr, set to fight Kiwi Joseph Parker for the vacant WBO world heavyweight championship in Auckland on December 10.

The veteran manager and lawyer has more than 30 leading fighters on his books, including six world champions. He promoted the recent Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather fight, and will turn 85 on December 8, two days before Ruiz's fight at the Vector Arena.

He will have an early birthday party with family and friends - celebrities Judge Judy and Bette Midler commiserated with him over the election result last night - before having another in New Zealand. This will be the first time he has visited here.

Arum has been active on social media regarding his support of Hillary Clinton, and was happy to reveal the extent of his disappointment over the election of Trump.

"You cannot believe what a bummer I'm on today with the results of this election," he said.

"I don't know, I'm looking at Canada, I'm looking at New Zealand, any place that doesn't have a wall," he said.

"This is a man that's ill equipped to be president, but as an American I just have to hope we pull together and survive the next four years. To say that I'm despondent really only touches the surface. I'm devastated with the result of the election last night.

"We have to hope for the best. Our country has been through worse things. We went through a civil war and after losing a lot of lives we came out stronger. The US is very, very resilient, and hopefully will survive a Donald Trump presidency."

- NZ Herald

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