Tyson Fury’s legendary promoter Bob Arum claims his fighter is just like Muhammad Ali in terms of “charisma and personality” following the Gypsy King’s seventh-round TKO win over Deontay Wilder at the weekend.
Fury was brilliant in his win over Wilder, whose unbeaten record came to an unflattering end in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Fury did what he told everyone on the build up to the bout – step to Wilder and finish him before the 12th round.
Wilder hit the canvas on two occasions before his corner eventually threw the towel in to stop proceedings.
And following his history victory in Vegas, promoter Arum, whose career clientele has included Ali and Manny Pacquiao, spoke about the impact Fury is having on the heavyweight division.
Arum noted that his personality was jut like three-time heavyweight world champion Ali’s.
“Tyson has charisma and personality like Ali had,” he said.
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“Ali would be great at delivering his one-liners before fights, which everyone loved.
“Tyson is always entertaining in what he says and does. He’s got a great personality. The fans love him.”
Arum stopped short of comparing the two as fighters because of the different eras that they both fought in.
“They were different fighters and it’s not easy to compare,” he added.
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“Ali was just over six foot, while Tyson is 6ft 9ins and they fought in different eras.
“Tyson can also box in any number of ways. He came up with a game plan to beat Wilder and he stuck to it.
“Tyson executed it to perfection and knocked Wilder out. You can’t say you didn’t know what he would do because he told us all.”
Arum, 88, founded Top Rank, arguably the biggest promotional company in the world, in 1973 – and he’s since been involved in some of boxing’s biggest fights.
Fury’s win over Wilder ranks right up there with some of the other great bouts he’s been a part of.
“It was certainly one of my memorable events, particularly in the heavyweight division,” Arum said.
“Ali’s various fights with Joe Frazier and Ken Norton, the great George Foreman knocking out Michael Moorer at 45 and now low and behold, Top Rank, has another heavyweight champion. I feel great.”
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