“F*** Bob Arum”- Anthony Joshua Lashes Out at His Biggest Critic

Published 10/27/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 10: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum fields questions during a press conference ahead of the world lightweight championship fight between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Anthony Crolla at Staples Center on April 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)


Anthony Joshua has come across several critics in his boxing career, but Bob Arum may have been the worst of them all. The Top Rank Kingpin has never appreciated Joshua’s prowess and has always ridiculed him. Even before he lost to Oleksandr Usyk, Arum never really had any love for the Brit.

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He had even favored Kubrat Pulev to beat Joshua in December 2020. While ‘AJ’ proved him wrong most of the time, his losses to Andy Ruiz Jr. and now Oleksandr Usyk evoked Bob Arum to demean Joshua once again.

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In reaction, Anthony Joshua connected with iFL TV and said, “F*** Bob Arum. ‘Joshua’s a bottle job, he’s a cherry picker, he didn’t wanna fight Tyson Fury.’ F*** all that with all due respect. Take it how you want. He can’t talk s*** about me and think I’m gonna take it easy. He talks a lot of s***.” (H/T:- Michael Benson)

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After his recent loss, Joshua has reportedly earned a rematch against Usyk. It will go down in 2022 and will be his massive opportunity to regain his lost belts. If he fails, he will no longer be a valid contender in the heavyweight title ride. Also, several critics will once again pounce upon the former heavyweight titlist, maybe even in a more brutal fashion.

While Joshua may ignore all of that, he cannot overlook his opponent.

Anthony Joshua is done with his losses

Having seen his second defeat, Joshua believes he will not lose any further. In the same interaction with iFL TV, he has claimed that he will beat down Usyk in the rematch. And that can potentially revive the fight talks between him and Tyson Fury.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 06: Anthony Joshua during the press conference for Andy Ruiz Jr. v Anthony Joshua 2 ‘Clash on the Dunes’ at the Hilton Syon Park on September 06, 2019 in London, England. Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr will have a Heavyweight World Title rematch fight on December 7th 2019 in the historical town of Diriyah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum had preferred the idea after Joshua’s win against Pulev last year. Unfortunately for the Joshua camp, Usyk ended all hopes by snatching the WBA, WBO, IBF, titles.

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‘The Cat’ is now the unbeaten kingpin of the division and is the favorite to retain against Anthony Joshua. However, Joshua’s claims indicate that he is done with his losses. Hence, he is looking to silence his critics, including Bob Arum, in style.

Can he do it?

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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. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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