It’s not exactly a secret that the last undisputed heavyweight boxing champion the world has seen in Lennox Lewis hasn’t exactly endeared himself to this generation’s star in Anthony Joshua. Apparently Joshua hasn’t taken some of Lewis’ recent criticisms too well and when he appeared on Sky Sports, he directed a couple of shots at the retired champion.
"@LennoxLewis is a clown!"— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) August 15, 2019
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“Lennox is a clown,” Joshua stated matter-of-factly. “I don’t respect Lennox.”
When pushed back on that sentiment as Lennox created a lasting legacy for himself, Joshua responded:
“So? So am I.
“It’s nothing compared to what Lennox is doing. Nothing. Me and Lennox aren’t the same. My legacy is to sit back and enjoy the younger generation coming up, and not to really be involved, just appreciate what it takes to get there. Lennox isn’t like that. Me and Lennox are cut from a different cloth.”
Lewis would respond on social media by saying that he was “disappointed” by Joshua’s words and that he’s only been recently labeled a “hater” because he was critical of Joshua’s approach in the Deontay Wilder negotiations, while also suggesting that Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn is the one stirring up this beef to suit his own agenda.
Disappointed in AJ’s words but I understand that this “jealousy” narrative was only fabricated AFTER I criticized them for Wilder negotiations. All of the sudden im a hater. ♂️ Ask who benefits from such a simple minded narrative? Not AJ. Not me.— Lennox Lewis (@LennoxLewis) August 15, 2019
I think this speaks for itself. Casting me as a “jealous hater” for AJ’s career is nonsense. It all started with rightful criticism for not doing enough to make wilder fight happen. I won’t be pitted against AJ. #TheHearnAgenda pic.twitter.com/glUkKq7YNW— Lennox Lewis (@LennoxLewis) August 15, 2019
Let’s all just give Eddie a big kick in the nuts!