By Phil D. Jay
Former undisputed champion Lennox Lewis believes that a meeting between him and Britain’s current top heavyweight David Haye would have been a one-sided contest if the two had ever clashed in the ring.
The now-retired three-time heavyweight king, who is revered as one of the greatest to lace up the gloves in the top division, says that his old weight-class is now made for giants and former cruiserweight Haye is just too small to reign at 6ft 3ins and 210lbs.
Haye, 31, lost a wide points decision to Wladimir Klitschko in July 2011 as the ‘Hayemaker’ struggled to pierce the Ukrainian’s impregnable defence and Lewis sees tall fighters like David Price and current Olympian Anthony Joshua as the future for UK heavyweight boxing.
“Wladimir and Vitali are the only A-class heavyweights. The best of the rest are B-class. We don’t know which of those can make that leap. David Haye was so disappointing against Wladimir. Sad,” Lewis told The Daily Mail.
“I beat Vitali in a great fight when we were in our prime. To be honest, David might have lasted a couple of rounds against me if he was lucky. Heavyweight championship boxing is now a game for giants.
“Price is big enough and has the talent, movement, dominant jab and big punch to suggest he might go all the way. The field is wide open. I grew up as man during my Olympics and I hope Joshua does the same.
“When I first met him I couldn’t believe he was bigger than me – an inch taller at 6ft 6in. I thought oh my God. Then I thought oh good. As I already told you, size matters.”
Amateur Joshua, 22, reached the quarter-finals of the London 2012 Olympic tournament with a contentious points win over Cuban Erislandy Savon and is now just one fight away from a guaranteed bronze medal.
Phil D. Jay covers boxing for worldboxingnews.net
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