Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum, who co-promotes WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, is not overly impressed with the in-ring abilities of WBO, WBA, IBF, IBO champion Anthony Joshua.
Fury and Joshua have dangerous defenses lined up for the fall.
Joshua will made a defense against mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk on September 25, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
And Fury will collide with Deontay Wilder in a trilogy fight on September 25 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Arum is still holding Joshua's blemish against him.
Back in June 2019, Joshua was dropped four times and stopped by big underdog Andy Ruiz in seven rounds. Six months later, in Saudi Arabia, Joshua reclaimed his titles after outboxing Ruiz over twelve rounds.
Arum's company promoted Ruiz for several years and the veteran promoter had never considered him to be a big puncher.
"I’m not thrilled with Joshua. 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," Arum told reporter Gareth Davies.
Fury and Joshua were close to an agreement to face each other on a date in August in Saudi Arabia. The deal fell apart when an arbitrator ordered Fury to honor a rematch clause due to Wilder.
While Arum views Fury as a solidified star in America, the Hall of Fame promoter does not believe Joshua is the type of boxer who moves the needle in the United States.
“This is no disrespect to him, 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," Arum said.
“So, 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’s not a personality, he doesn’t come through to the US public. 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.”