Lennox Lewis has warned Anthony Joshua about what could be the potential cause of his downfall.
The boxing legend reminded the current unified heavyweight kingpin to start “acting like a champion” and stop going after easy paychecks as this could ruin his career in the future.
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‘Act Like A Champion’
Lewis is one of the most decorated heavyweight boxers in Great Britain and in the world. He is a former three-time world heavyweight titlist and the last heavyweight boxer to capture the undisputed title.
Some of his most notable wins came at the expense of Hasim Rahman, Vitali Klitschko and the great Mike Tyson. The 53-year old legend believes that a true champion faces his fiercest rivals in the competition and he hopes that the current unified heavyweight champion would soon come up with the same realization.
Lewis told Boxing Scene on Monday that the 29-year old boxing star should focus more on building his legacy and face tougher competition rather than picking easy paychecks as it could be the cause of his downfall.
“Joshua can take his time. He’s champion now. He says he doesn’t want to fight Tyson Fury for a year or so. He wants to go around making money. I think that’s going to be a downfall for him. He has to stay with it, he can’t be in the background. If he wants to be champion, he has to act like a champion.”
Who Will Face Joshua Next?
The 29-year old Joshua has won all 22 outings in his professional career, with Alexander Povetkin serving as his latest victim after he knocked out the Russian boxer in their clash last September. His next assignment is scheduled for April 2019 at Wembley but there is no confirmation yet about his opponent.
The current WBC heavyweight kingpin, Wilder, looms as the biggest name to face AJ next but he has to overcome first a tough challenge against Fury this December 1. ‘The Iceman’ will challenge Wilder at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in the biggest boxing fight of the year. The legendary Lewis claims this showdown is hard to predict and could go either way.
“Wilder is a different kettle of fish; I don’t think Klitschko expected Tyson Fury to be so active, so elusive in their fight. He didn’t expect Fury to move so much. I think Deontay will be expecting that. And I think he’ll move with him. It’s completely different. Deontay has a lot of power, anywhere he hits you, you’re going to be concussed. If he can’t knock out Fury, he better be prepared to box. Tyson Fury is fast on his feet, elusive. We’ll see if Deontay can catch up with him.
“It’s such a hard fight to predict. Both guys have talent and both have power. We’re not going to know what happens until we see the fight,” Lewis quipped.
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