Bob Arum No Longer Believes Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder 3 Was the Greatest Heavyweight Fight of All Time

Published 10/15/2021, 5:26 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 12: Boxer Tyson Fury (L) and Top Rank Founder and CEO Bob Arum attend a news conference at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on June 12, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fury will face Tom Schwarz in a heavyweight bout on June 15 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder put on a show for the ages. They went all in and the fight is now being considered the greatest heavyweight championship fight of all time. Top Rank top boss Bob Arum had the best seats in the house and had a close-up experience of the clash.

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Bob Arum was as amazed as almost everyone else watching that fight, either in Las Vegas or anywhere else across the world. In a post-fight interview, the 89-year-old said that in his 57-year long career, he had never come across a fight more magnificent than Fury vs Wilder 3.

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On the night of the fight, Arum felt that the Fury vs Wilder trilogy was the greatest clash he had ever seen. That is a huge claim, as he is probably one of the oldest serving members of the boxing community and he has seen some of the most iconic clashes of all time. However, a few days later, he backtracked.

The night of the fight, I told everybody, it was the best heavyweight championship I had ever seen, but then I reflected on Ali and Frazier.”

“While it lacked knockdowns, particularly, the third fight, the intensity was even greater because there were more ebbs and flows in that fight than in Fury and Wilder.”

So, even though I initially felt it was the greatest heavyweight championship fight I had ever seen, I would have to amend that in retrospect and say it’s probably second to Ali-Frazier,” said Bob Arum.

Eddie Hearn feels Bob Arum has been around for far too long

After the Fury vs Wilder 3 press conference, Bob Arum broke the internet. In an interview, the 89-year-old went off on Kate Abdo. He even said “Shut the f—k up, you little pr—k!” to ESPN’s Mike Coppinger.

Soon after this interview, these clips went viral and Arum became the talk of the hour.

The very next day, Matchroom top dog Eddie Hearn shared his thoughts on Bob Arum losing his cool on camera. In typical Hearn fashion, he kicked this off by doing a hilarious impression of his Top-Rank counterpart; he even claimed he had practiced that up to 5 times.

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Hearn said, “Bob’s great. All these people, I don’t agree with half the things that Bob says, but he’s a character. I watched the George Foreman documentary the other night and Arum’s on there and I guess he’s my age, right? And he’s like, he was doing that.”

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“Like what is he even doing at 90? I mean, what’s he even doing alive? Let alone what’s he doing in the sport? But I don’t think I’ll be here at 90! If I am, mazel tov!” said Eddie Hearn.

Is Eddie Hearn right about this? What did you make of Arum’s views on the heavyweight fight and his post-fight moments?

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused his passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the sweet science, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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