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Arum: If Wilder hits Joshua on the chin, it’s goodbye

Bob Arum hopes Tyson Fury eventually gets the opportunity to beat both Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua.

Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder

If Wilder and Joshua wind up boxing each other before Fury faces Wilder in a rematch or Joshua in an all-UK showdown, Fury’s co-promoter predicted Wilder would knock out Joshua. The 6-feet-7 Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) arguably is the most devastating puncher in boxing, but the 6-feet-6, 245-pound Joshua has knocked out 21 of his 22 professional opponents.

Joshua’s power aside, Arum isn’t confident Joshua’s chin could withstand Wilder’s exceptional power.

“Joshua, you know, it remains to be seen,” Arum told World Boxing News for a story posted to its website, “His chin isn’t the greatest. If Wilder hit him on the chin, then it’s goodbye Joshua, I think. It remains to be seen.”

It remains to be seen because Wilder and Joshua don’t seem any closer to their much-discussed heavyweight title unification fight than they were this time last year.

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