Bob Arum Severely Criticizes Anthony Joshua: ‘I’m Not Convinced That Joshua Is an Elite Heavyweight’

Published 08/01/2021, 1:46 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 13: Top Rank Founder and CEO Bob Arum attends a news conference announcing Top Rank Boxing’s fall schedule at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on September 13, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Top Rank’s CEO Bob Arum has continued his rant towards WBO, WBA, IBF, IBO champion Anthony Joshua. In an interview with reporter Gareth Davies, he detailed the exact reasons for disliking Joshua.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

“I’m not thrilled with Joshua,” he said. “I don’t think much of Joshua, because every time the name Joshua is mentioned, I see him laying on the canvas after getting hit by a non-puncher like Andy Ruiz. I’m telling you the truth. I may be underestimating Joshua, but I’m not convinced that Joshua is an elite heavyweight.”(via Boxingscene.com)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 31: Anthony Joshua stands on the scale against Andy Ruiz Jr during their official weigh in at Madison Square Garden on May 31, 2019 in New York City. They will fight for Joshua’s IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight titles at Madison Square Garden on June 1, 2019 (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

There is a reason why Arum downplays Joshua. Back in 2019, underdog Ruiz dropped Joshua four times en route to his 7th round win. Arum never considered Ruiz as a big puncher, even though his company promoted the fighter for several years.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Even though Joshua lost that fight, he made a strong comeback 6 months later and captured his titles back after outboxing Ruiz over twelve rounds.

He further added, “Anthony Joshua means next to nothing in the United States with the boxing community. All they remember of Anthony Joshua is his one fight in the United States where he got knocked out by a non-puncher like Andy Ruiz (and) that view of Anthony Joshua will not change easily.”

WATCH THIS STORY: 5 times Jon Jones broke rules inside UFC octagon,

It is important here to note that Arum co-promotes WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. He views Fury as a more solidified star compared to Joshua.

Bob Arum says Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury won’t be a big event

Joshua and Fury were close to signing an agreement to face each other in August in Saudi Arabia. But the deal fell off. Although this could be a dream match for many, Arum doesn’t think it’s likely to be one.

“If Anthony Joshua fought Tyson Fury in the United States, it wouldn’t do nearly as well as Tyson Fury’s upcoming fight with Deontay Wilder,” he said. “He’s not a personality, he doesn’t come through to the US public.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JUNE 05: Tyson Fury in action during a public workout at the National Football Museum on June 5, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

“It may very well be different the way he connects with the UK public, but he doesn’t connect with the American public. They don’t know who he is or what he stands for – they nothing about him,” he concluded.

DIVE DEEPER

How Logan Paul Changed His Relationship With Dana White Forever

about 2 months ago

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Those were some hard words from the Top Rank’s CEO. It will be interesting to see if Joshua or his team has something to say about this in near future.

What did you make of Arum’s comments on Joshua?

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

552 articles

Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT