Deontay Wilder is still good enough to beat “pretty much everyone”, but he will be permanently knocked out of place by up-and-coming Jared Anderson, promoter Bob Arum said.
Wilder was the undefeated WBC heavyweight champion who was celebrated as the greatest puncher in boxing history until he was masterfully defeated by Tyson Fury twice.
His future plans are unclear and while he has received the backing to still knock out the division’s other big contenders, Arum says he will be replaced as America’s top heavyweight by the up-and-coming Anderson.
Top Rank’s Arum, who promotes Fury and Anderson, told Sky Sports: “Wilder is an amazing talent. He hits like an ass, as Tyson would confirm.
“Virtually everyone in the heavyweight division would lose to Wilder.
“He has to process.
“The only man who will be able to beat him by the end of this year is Anderson.
“I would be willing to discuss a possible fight between Wilder and Anderson by the end of this year.
“We are gearing him up to be the next heavyweight champion after Fury.”
Anderson is only 22 and made a name for himself as a sparring partner for Fury’s preparations to fight Wilder.
The WBC champion and his father John Fury have both claimed that Anderson will be the future ruler of the division.
“Yeah, that’s what I really believe he will be,” Arum said.
“When Fury hangs up the gloves, Jared will be in pole position to become the next big heavyweight.”
Anderson has knocked out each of his first 11 opponents and his progress at such a young age has been compared to Mike Tyson, who became the youngest ever heavyweight champion at age 20.
“Mike Tyson was a great puncher who didn’t show much boxing skill,” Arum said.
“Jared has shown boxing skills and strength. He reminds me more of a young Muhammad Ali than a young Mike Tyson.”
Anderson has warned his future adversaries about his burgeoning reputation before: “They can watch out or they can be run over.
“Listen to what he said.
“Earn your money from other fighters or get run over.
“When they told me? I thought, ‘Maybe I’m that good!’
“It’s reassuring. It doesn’t give me more confidence. But it helps to substantiate it.”
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