Lennox Lewis’ damning verdict on Anthony Joshua’s next fight prompts Hearn response | Boxing | Sport

Lennox Lewis' damning verdict on Anthony Joshua's next fight prompts Hearn response | Boxing | Sport

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has hit back at the last undisputed heavyweight champion of the world Lennox Lewis, after the 58-year-old criticized Anthony Joshua’s next fight against Francis Ngannou. Joshua and Ngannou will do battle in Saudi Arabia on March 8 with the two-time world heavyweight champion looking to scale his way back to the top of the division’s mountain.

As for ex-UFC heavyweight champion Ngannou, he’ll get another opportunity to take on one of the world’s best heavyweight boxers, after narrowly losing to Tyson Fury last year. Ngannou scored the only knockdown of the fight but ended up losing on a split decision.

Lewis has deemed Joshua’s fight with Ngannou as having no credibility and that a loss to the former MMA star could be devastating to his comeback story. “IMO, this fight adds ZERO credibility to AJ’s resume,” Lewis said on X, formerly known as Twitter. “He’s SUPPOSED to win this fight and when he does, what does he gain or learn by beating someone in his second HW fight? If he loses, than [sic] it’s an absolute disaster. The same stood for Fury and it almost cost him everything.”

However, according to Joshua’s promoter Hearn, what Lewis hasn’t factored in is that the winner of Joshua vs. Ngannou will go on to face the winner of Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk, with the title of the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world up for grabs. Lewis was the last heavyweight boxer to hold that title.

“Listen in to yesterday..the winner fights the winner of Fury v Usyk for Undisputed and when AJ joins your club I know you will be delighted for him,” Hearn responded to Lewis’ claim. Ngannou is looking to prove the doubters wrong with Lewis’ comments likely to fall into that category.

“People have always doubted me and I always proved them wrong,” said Ngannou. “It is clear I am a trouble for elite boxers and AJ should prepare himself for a battle because I am like nothing he has ever faced. It is going to be another spectacle for boxing fans in Riyadh, only this time I have no intention of leaving it in the hands of the judges.”

He added: “I’m going to fight him, so what do you think I’m going to do? I’m going to look for his chin. That’s what happens in the fight. In the fight you try to hit somebody in the chin or wherever you can hit them. And then, yes, I heard that he doesn’t have a chin. I don’t know if it’s true or not. We’re going to find out. I hope I have the opportunity to test that out, that’s my wish.”

Joshua has insisted he won’t be complacent against Ngannou like his rival Fury was. “If Tyson underestimated Ngannou, I sure won’t. Francis has lost the element of surprise with me,” he said. “We knew Francis had a reputation as the biggest puncher in the world but the surprise was how well he boxed. He was exceptional on the inside and made life very complicated for Tyson. So much so that I do belong to the opinion that he beat Fury.”

Source link

Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here