Top Rank boss Bob Arum has revealed he believes his stable contains the three hardest punchers in all of boxing.
One of the Arum’s leading lights, Naoya Inoue, was crowned a four-weight champion this week, stopping Stephen Fulton at the Ariake Arena to win the WBC and WBO world super bantamweight titles.
And Arum told Boxing News that he believes Inoue, unified light heavyweight world champion Artur Beterbiev, and WBC heavyweight king Tyson Fury are the three biggest punchers in the sport.
“I’m really blessed to have the three pound for pound hardest punchers in boxing. That’s Inoue, Beterbiev and Tyson Fury. My fighters don’t mess around, they come out to knock the hell out of the other guy.”
Inoue’s win over Fulton took his record to 25 wins and 22 knockouts, whilst Beterbiev has won all 19 of his professional bouts via stoppage – the only current world champion to do so.
However, a certain Deontay Wilder would probably dispute Fury’s inclusion over him, despite the fact he’s been stopped twice by ‘The Gypsy King.’
Inoue now moves towards a chance at becoming undisputed in a second successive weight class, after WBA and IBF world super bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales entered the ring after ‘The Monster’ dispatched of Fulton.
After dismantling Anthony Yarde in eight rounds this January, Beterbiev takes on another Brit in a matter of weeks, with former super middleweight world champion Callum Smith the latest man who will attempt to knock ‘King Artur’ off of his throne.
As for Fury, he’s taking on professional boxing debutant Francis Ngannou on October 28 in Saudi Arabia in a non title bout.