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Anthony Joshua: Lennox Lewis is a clown, I don’t respect him

Joshua fires some shots in the direction of the last undisputed heavyweight champion.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

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.

“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.

Let’s all just give Eddie a big kick in the nuts!

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