Arum: Wilder-Fury Was Tremendous - Joshua is Number 3!

By Radio Rahim

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum was very impressed with last week's heavyweight clash between WBC world champion Deontay Wilder and challenger Tyson Fury on Showtime Pay-Per-View.

At the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wilder and Fury fought to a controversial twelve round split draw.

Fury was down twice in the bout, including a tremendous knockdown in the twelfth round where Fury appeared to be out cold and unexpectedly made it up to continue the contest.

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Arum felt the contest was well worth the money for the live crowd and also the fans who purchased the bout on pay-per-view.

"I thought it was a tremendous heavyweight fight. It was a credit to the sport. I had Fury winning the fight on points. That being said, it was a very entertaining fight, the fan's got their money's worth and by all means they should do a rematch," Arum told

There are serious ongoing discussions to stage a rematch in the first quarter of 2019 - but exactly where and when is unknown. Las Vegas would be a frontrunner, as would several stadiums in the UK.

IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO champion Anthony Joshua will return to the ring on April 13 at Wembley Stadium in London. Joshua, and his promoter Eddie Hearn, are making a push to secure Wilder for the date.

But Arum shakes his head at that scenario. He wants to see Wilder and Fury get it on for a second time. After watching last weekend's bout, he firmly places Joshua as the number 3 heavyweight in the division - behind both Wilder and Fury.

"I think Anthony Joshua is number 3. I think they should forget about Anthony Joshua, fight in the United States and fight each other," Arum said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ShoulderRoll on 12-07-2018

Arum sees Eddie Hearn/DAZN as his rivals so he is trying to undermine them at every turn. That said, he is actually right on this one.

Comment by Melfast on 12-07-2018

It makes me laugh how people get so emotionally caught up in this who is ducking who argument. The promoters are playing you like puppets on a string. The Joshua Wilder fight could have been made this year, but playing…

Comment by Pennsauken1 on 12-07-2018

It’s not about the belts that were bought by Heddie Sperm, it’s about the competition you are fighting, this clown AJuce is a fraud

Comment by Pennsauken1 on 12-07-2018

I don’t even think AJoke is #3, Ortiz and Baby Miller beats this paper champ who is fighting tomatoe cans over in the Queenland

Comment by Bardamu on 12-07-2018

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;19333979]"I think [B]Anthony Joshua is number 3[/B]. I think they should forget about Anthony Joshua, fight in the United States and fight each other," Arum said. The rematch is going to sell like crazy! I disagree with Bob regarding location!…

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