Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank, who co-promotes WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury, isn’t impressed with the in-ring skills of WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO Champion Anthony Joshua.
Fury and Joshua have put up dangerous defenses for the fall.
Joshua will defend against mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25th.
And Fury will clash with Deontay Wilder in a trilogy battle on September 25th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Arum still holds Joshua’s flaw against himself.
In June 2019, Joshua was dropped four times and stopped in seven rounds by the great underdog Andy Ruiz. Six months later, Joshua reclaimed his titles in Saudi Arabia after boxing Ruiz over twelve rounds.
Arum’s company promoted Ruiz for several years, and the veteran promoter had never considered him a great puncher.
“I’m not thrilled with Joshua. I don’t think much of Joshua because every time the name Joshua is mentioned I see him lying on the canvas after being hit by a non-puncher like Andy Ruiz, the truth is. I might underestimate Joshua, but I’m not convinced Joshua is an elite heavyweight, “Arum told reporter Gareth Davies.
Fury and Joshua were close to reaching an agreement to meet in Saudi Arabia in August. The deal fell through when a referee ordered Fury to comply with a rematch clause over Wilder.
While Arum considers Fury a steady star in America, the Hall of Fame promoter doesn’t believe Joshua is the type of boxer to move the needle in the United States.
“That’s not disrespect to him, Anthony Joshua means next to nothing to the boxing community in the United States. All they remember of Anthony Joshua is his only fight in the United States, in which he was knocked out by a non-puncher like Andy Ruiz [and] That view of Anthony Joshua is not going to change easily, “said Arum.
“So if Anthony Joshua were to fight Tyson Fury in the United States, it wouldn’t do nearly as well as Tyson Fury’s upcoming fight with Deontay Wilder. He is not a personality, he does not come into the US public. How he interacts with the British public may very well be different, but he does not connect with the American public. They don’t know who he is or what he stands for – they have nothing about him. “