Eddie Hearn, promoter for IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, has lashed out at former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis.
Hearn says he's fed up with some of the statements that Lewis has said about Joshua - certainly with respect to the failed negotiations to make a unification with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
Joshua is scheduled to return n April 13th at Wembley Stadium in London. The next opponent is unknown.
In a recent interview with CompuBox TV, Lewis was critical of Joshua and said the unbeaten champion was playing it safe by staying away from Wilder and Tyson Fury.
“He doesn’t want any of those guys. When he’s seen that fight [between Wilder and Joshua] he was like ‘wow, these guys can box’. He’s at a place in his career in boxing – obviously he can make the decisions. His decision is not to fight any of them at this moment," Lewis said.
“I don’t think he will come over here [to the USA] quite now. I think he’s too happy in England being protected and boxing in front of the British crowds.”
But Hearn says he's had enough of Lewis and critical comments pertaining to Joshua's career decisions.
“All these things, people like Lennox Lewis, I’ve never known a geezer talk so much sh*t as Lennox Lewis at Anthony Joshua,” Hearn told Boxing News.
“Is it just because he’s bitter that he couldn’t sign him when he tried to? All the things that Lennox is telling us to do, we’ve already done them. ‘What about offer them this percentage deal?’ – done. You just think that it’s AJ not wanting the fight. Absolute bullsh*t.”
“So it’s frustrating. Because you’ve got all these people saying AJ don’t want the fight, what more can we do? Made flat offers, percentage offers, double way rematch, fight in America, but they won’t even reply. If that don’t tell you what you need to know, I’m lost, baffled.”