Bob Arum Says Oleksandr Usyk Beating Anthony Joshua Against His ‘Economic Interest’

Published 08/03/2021, 7:37 AM EDT
DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua celebrates victory over Andy Ruiz Jr during the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


Anthony Joshua has all the features to tout his superiority over Oleksandr Usyk and can rightly become the first man to beat the Ukrainian elite. On winning the show, it will open the doors to an undisputed fight for all four world titles. A Fury-Joshua collision could result in a windfall at the box office.

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The other contenders in Usyk and Wilder can also bring lucrative attention. However, this attention may not be anywhere near an All-English clash between Fury and Joshua. Hence, the Top Rank Kingpin has commented on the upcoming Usk vs Joshua fight, just to reveal how his ‘economic interest’ and preview of the matchup differs.

In a chat with Sky Sports, Bob Arum said, “Usyk is a friend of mine because he is Vasiliy Lomachenko’s friend. He is a terrific guy, funny, articulate and smart.”

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“It is against my economic interest, but I will be rooting for him in the fight! I just can’t help myself.”

A showdown between WBC champion Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua was already in the works when Deontay Wilder stepped up to secure his trilogy fight. He won an arbitrary case to earn the Tyson Fury bout, leaving ‘AJ’ without many possible opponents.

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While the champion sealed a deal with Usyk, a mega-collision between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua is still relevant. On surpassing their next opponents, Fury and Joshua can once again bring their fantasy fight to fruition. Hence, Oleksandr Usyk will be the ticket for Anthony Joshua to bag a fight for the WBC belt.

Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk- The heavyweight twister

The sudden heavyweight title defense found a place in the official charts in a very short period. As Matchroom Promotions Kingpin Eddie Hearn bagged a deal with Oleksandr Usyk’s manager, the mega-fight is now set to go ahead on September 25 at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. While Joshua will aim to score another successful title defense, Usyk will try to shock the world.

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The former cruiserweight world champion has never tasted defeat in the professional circuit. Hence, ‘AJ’ wouldn’t have any blueprints to craft his winning plan. However, the sheer difference in size will hand the Brit the advantage.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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