Advertisement: IBO Boxing

Arum Agrees: There is Argument Wilder is Hardest Puncher Ever

COSMOPOLITAN, LAS VEGAS - Now that Deontay Wilder held up his end of the bargain, his rematch against Tyson Fury on February 22nd will be formally announced next week.

Wilder stopped Luis Ortiz last Saturday with a big right hand at the end of the 7th round.  Prior to the single punch knockout, Wilder had lost most of the rounds against Ortiz.

Fury was last in action in September when he suffered a bad cut over his eye against Otto Wallin.  He was able to overcome the severe blood flow to win a unanimous decision.

wilder-stiverne-rematch (17)

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum believes that both fighters didn't perform at their best because they both had one eye on their rematch that was already penciled in before each of their previous fights.

"I think it is very very hard when they are looking down the road to fighting each other, that they can't help but - you know - the performances that they gave weren't the best for each of them," Arum told and a small group of reporters after the Oscar Valdez-Andres Gutierrez weigh in.

After the win over Ortiz, Wilder proclaimed that he is the hardest hitting heavyweight of all time.  The heavyweight division has been blessed with several heavy hitters like George Foreman, Earnie Shavers, Rocky Marciano, Mike Tyson, and many others. 

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, who has been involved in the sport for over 50 years believes that Wilder belongs in that conversation.

"Again (Wilder is) a different type of puncher. I mean, Foreman had that thud punch. Wilder's punches are a lot like (Mike) Tyson's. They are really powerful. Whether he is the hardest puncher in boxing history - I would say their is a great argument for that," Arum explained.

Send questions or comments to You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ringsidewriter

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by strykr619 on 12-03-2019

[QUOTE=PunchyPotorff;20223321]Yes, Wilder is a hard puncher. The difference? Sonny Liston was a murderous puncher, PLUS he had a jab that was practically impossible to stop. Wilder? All he has is a punch. Any talented boxer embarrasses him unless they get…

Comment by Boxingfanatic75 on 12-03-2019

[QUOTE=JLC;20225375]FACTS! Who were the top 5 in Wladamir's era ? Lewis' era Holyfield's era Bowe's ? Tyson's ? Holmes, Ali...... You really brought something to my attention here. I have never thought of it that way before. Just because Frank…

Comment by The D3vil on 12-02-2019

Ugh, here we go once again. Dudes who can't tell the difference between talking about a physical characteristic and skill. Just because Wilder doesn't have a lot of skill doesn't mean he doesn't have power. Who he's knocking out is…

Comment by JLC on 12-02-2019

[QUOTE=Boxingfanatic75;20223295]Time has a funny way of doing things. I watched Tyson when he was a teenager coming all they way up and I can tell you outside the top 5 in any era isn’t as dreamy as you believe them…

Comment by Angeljuice on 12-02-2019

[QUOTE=Mooshashi;20224057]And what about the two bombs (right followed by a left hook) that put Fury into Zombie land....but he got up! And what about the knockdown Joshua suffered by Wlad....and he got up! And the beating that Wilder took from…

Top Headlines
Lipinets-Abdukakhorov Postponed; Showtime Unlikely To Televise Fights 10/10 Juan Francisco Estrada Putting in Work For Cuadras Clash Michael Dutchover vs. Manuel Mendez Set For November 1 Tyson Fury Vows To Fight in 2020 - Against Wilder or Someone Else Turchi vs. Grisunins Tops Matchroom Italy Card on October 23, DAZN Frank Warren: Jose Ramirez Must Face Catterall or Vacate Title! Ronnie Shields: Jermall Will Fight Canelo At 168, 175, Wherever He Wants Lomachenko: Lopez Talks Too Much - If You Insult Me, Prepare For Pain Chisora: Tyson Fury Has Promised Me A Third Fight; He Owes It To Me Joshua Buatsi Expects Tough Clash With Marko Calic Chantelle Cameron Could See a War in Araujo WBC Title Clash Pacquiao: I'd Only Fight McGregor If I'm Co-Promoter of The Event Gamboa's Manager: Fight With Devin Haney Will Not Disappoint Bryan Polaco, Omar Rosario Grace Undercard Of October 2 Boxeo Telemundo Show Boxing's Competitive Health Merits Celebration Andy Ruiz Says Ring Return Pushed To 2021, Training With Reynoso Davis vs. Santa Cruz Moves To Oct. 31 In San Antonio With Fans In Attendance Usyk's Handlers Believe Joshua Will Vacate WBO Belt To Fight Fury Charles Conwell Hopes To Fight For a World Title By The End of Next Year Ohara Davies Edges Tyrone McKenna in Golden Contract Final Arum: Fury-Wilder III No Longer Scheduled For 12/19; Could Occur Earlier Devin Haney-Yuriorkis Gamboa: Announcement Imminent For 11/7 Fight Hearn: Joshua Will Go To Great Lengths To Make Fury Fight Happen Daniel Jacobs, Gabe Rosado Reach Agreement To Fight November 27 David Navarro, 2020 U.S. Olympic Alternate Signs With Split T's Tim VanNewhouse Jose Zepeda: I Want To Make It Clear That I Am Ready For Anybody Teixeira: If WBO Authorizes, I Will Be Happy To End Charlo's Career And Then Fight Castano Mikey Garcia: Manny Pacquiao Fighting Me Next 100%, Not Conor McGregor Ohara Davies: I'm Ready To Shut Everyone Up; I'm A Lot Better Than Fans Think Kane Baker Feels Mentally Ready For a Good "Tear Up" With Aqib Fiaz Linus Udofia: I Want To Show John Harding is Not On My Level Joshua: Fury Went Pro in 2008, Never Thought I Would Catch Up To Him News: Petros Ananyan, Atid Oberlton, Joe Ham, More Manny Pacquiao Ring Return Will Likely Require Some Fans in Venue Ivan Baranchyk: To Be The Best at 140 - That's My Motivation Cazares: I'll Knock Canelo's Freckles Off, Reynoso Can Pick Them Up! Canelo Alvarez Refiles Breach of Contract Suit Against DAZN, Golden Boy, De La Hoya Casimero Wants Inoue But Now Has Other Options, Says Gibbons Angel and Chavez Barrientes Discuss Upcoming PBC Bouts Edgar Berlanga's Promoter Hopes Bellows Will Last a Few Rounds
Latest Forum Threads