Arum: Joshua Damaged His Credibility, Fury Viewed as #1 in U.S.

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum believes IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua needs to "desperately" fight in the United States in order to raise his profile.

According to Arum, Joshua's fights against "no-hopers" in the UK have "damaged his credibility".

He believes last month's sensational fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury has overshadowed Joshua's momentum in the sport.


Fury challenged Wilder for the WBC world title and the two boxers fought to a controversial twelve round split draw at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Wilder dropped Fury down hard, twice in the fight, but there were many who felt the British boxer had done enough to win the fight.

Because of what transpired last month, Arum's feels that Fury is now viewed as the top dog at heavyweight.

And to the change that perception, he says Joshua must switch gears and start fighting in America.

"In the US if you ask people who the number one heavyweight is, I think many people will say Tyson Fury," Arum said to BBC Radio 5 live's Boxing with Costello and Bunce.

"He needs really desperately to come to fight in the United States. And I say that not because I'm an American, I say that because, economically, the US market is still the most important, because the pay-per-view in the United States has the potential of 200 million, 150 million homes."

Joshua is slated to fight on April 13th at Wembley Stadium in London.

But now there is more and more word circulating that Joshua may change all of his expected plans, and instead face undefeated contender Jarrell Miller on a date in June in the United States, likely at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Wilder and Fury are heading to a rematch. The WBC recently ordered them to face each other, with a February purse bid set down.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Madison boxing on 01-27-2019

Who really cares about 'the view from the states'. Everyone was saying in the states that wilder was number 1 cause he beat some crap old cuban and that he'd ice fury. I wouldn't place much credibilty on their consensus…

Comment by 5000boxing on 01-27-2019

[QUOTE=wileyhemi;19455287]Why is it some people make it so obvious what color they are? :bottle:[/QUOTE] And?.. what? should I have written the word Whore instead of hoe? And yes.. I'm very proud of my Chocolate skin bytch.. an there's nothing you…

Comment by BigStomps on 01-27-2019

[QUOTE=5000boxing;19467632]No.. Fury didn't do enough to take the belt from the champion.. u don't get awared the belt for surviving.. I mean wtf.. was fury cracking Wilders headback every round? No.. Fury landed one real punch in the 12th.. Wilder…

Comment by 5000boxing on 01-27-2019

[QUOTE=BigStomps;19455207]You're entitled to your opinion but most people thought Fury won including myself. And I paid no attention to what the Showtime announcers were saying. I just scored each round individually and I had Fury winning 8 rounds out of…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 01-25-2019

[QUOTE=GhostofDempsey;19462437][B]Wilder did not accept[/B]. And it wasn't a lowball offer. Wilder's biggest payday prior was what $2M? To Joshua's $20M+! Wilder needs to know his place and his very limited worth. That is the business side of boxing, established by…

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