Bob Arum Predicts Knockout Win for Tyson Fury Over Deontay Wilder!
Now that we have arrived at fight week for Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury 2, one thing that we can be sure of is there will be a boat load of predictions! As only would expected those pulling for the WBC world heavyweight champion “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KO’s) are calling for a chilling knockout.
On the flip side, the majority of those rooting for Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury (29-0-1, 20 KO’s) foresee their UK hero prevailing by way of twelve round unanimous decision. However, not all Fury backers are of this mindset. Some of them, like Fury himself, are confident that the Gypsy King will actually knock Wilder out.
ARUM SEES A FURY WON ON THE HORIZON
Unsurprisingly, Bob Arum of Top Rank Promotions who is helping to co-promote Fury, is adamant that his heavyweight will walk away the victor. Yet, going well beyond simply saying that the former unified champion will win, Arum has joined the ranks of those saying the win will be by way of knockout.
Going a step even further the legendary promoter believes that this stoppage will take place before the conclusion of the eighth round.
Like many boxing fans, Arum holds Fury up as by far the superior boxer of the two competitors. In his opinion, Fury easily won the premiere contest and sees no reason why he should not be able to repeat his success.
Prior to the first showdown, the Gypsy King was coming off a two year hiatus from the sport and had only fought lower tier opposition after his official return to the ring. So when Arum witnessed Fury’s performance he was doubly surprised.
Now, that Fury has a number of more bouts under his belt, improved his conditioning and been in there with Wilder already, the veteran “fight-slinger” is certain that the former unified champion can finish the Bronze Bomber well before the end of regulation as he told to BT Sport Boxing.
“Well I thought it was going to be a walk over for Wilder. Fury had been inactive for years. He had two fights against D–level opponents after his inactivity ceased and I didn’t look at him as any sort of challenge for Wilder.
“The fight looked like to me as a no contest. I couldn’t find a round to give to Wilder. I thought Fury won just about every round expect the ninth round were he dropped Fury and of course the twelfth round. But other than that and maybe one other round Fury clearly won every other round.”
CAN FURY KO WILDER?!
Outside of having faith in Fury’s boxing ability, the shrewd promoter has absolutely no faith in Wilder’s! Some might find this a little odd considering the WBC champion is an Olympic bronze medalist, has ten title defenses and has knocked out all but one of his in-ring opponents.
Yet, we are all entitled to our opinions and given his extended tenure in the fight game, countless boxing aficionados put extra weight on the words that come sliding out of Arum’s mouth. After all his years in this beloved combat sport, Arum basically views the Bronze Bomber as a piss-poor boxer.
“Wilder is a one-trick pony. He’s not a very good boxer. As a matter of fact he is an atrocious boxer! But he has that one weapon and that is this massive right hand which to me looks like the hardest hitting right hand that I’ve seen certainly since George Foreman.”
However, whether Wilder has his formidable punch or not, Arum can’t see the Alabaman knockout artist getting it done on February 22.
“Fury is not like any other fighter. There is something magical about him. On February the twenty-second I’m going to make a prediction because I’ve watched Tyson Fury train in my gym in Las Vegas and I think it’s not going to be a decision this time.
“I think Fury is going to knockout Wilder out before the eighth round!”
Guess we’ll all have to tune into to see how this thrilling rivalry concludes.
By: Bakari Simpson