Lennox Lewis: Wladimir, Vitali - The Only A-Class Heavies

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by kiDynamite92 on 08-07-2012

[QUOTE=-Lowkey-;12400016]Lewis did not go "Life and death" with Holyfield like you suggested he clearly and decisively beat him in the first fight the second fight was closer than it should have been because Lewis was looking for the K.O due…

Comment by Jack Napier on 08-04-2012

Adamek is world class, he just can't fu[COLOR="Black"]c[/COLOR]k with the Klits other than that, the HW's might be decent, but not world class only seen like 1 fight apiece from Boytsov and Pulev not sure how good they really are…

Comment by Ring Leader on 08-04-2012

[QUOTE=res;12399933]Ali would have beaten Lewis and Vitali without too much trouble, just a bad bad style match up.[/QUOTE] watch Ali vs Doug Jones. Ali had trouble with C+ average fighters. Yes he was faster but speed is only 1 factor…

Comment by Daddy T on 08-04-2012

[QUOTE=WladimirK;12396390]He's right that Haye is too small for the Klitschko's.[/QUOTE] haye is not too small for the klits if he was good enough he could beat them - a good big man beats a good small one but a GREAT…

Comment by -Lowkey- on 08-04-2012

[QUOTE=Money Shot;12396550]Going by how he kept the much shorter Tua at arms length and hardly engaged him, I doubt he'd walk through Haye.[/QUOTE] Tuna is a naturally bigger man than Haye he was also more dangerous and had an iron…

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