By Owen Fulda, courtesy of The Daily Star
LEGENDARY heavyweight Lennox Lewis has told Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder not to take Tyson Fury lightly.
Lewis was stunned by Fury's intention to fight Deontay Wilder after just two low-key comeback bouts.
Fury is often underrated because of his awkward demeanour in the ring.
But the Manchester-born puncher's style and size makes him a threat to the most skilled of pugilists.
And having doubted Fury once, when he faced Wladimir Klitschko three years ago, Lewis is not about to do so again.
“It is not too early for Fury, because Fury always shows up,” the former world heavyweight champion said.
“I didn’t think he was going to show up against Klitschko and I was pleasantly surprised, he was working and kept moving around the whole fight.
“The fights before that I could look at and ask, ‘what are you doing to prepare for Klitschko?’.
"So now, you could say, ‘what is he doing to prepare for Deontay?’ He’s doing, what he is doing, I guess. It works for him.”
Joshua, meanwhile, is set to face Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium, on September 22.
But Lewis doesn’t fear that Joshua has missed the boat to set up his own super fights, even if they might not happen just yet.
“I don’t wish my past on him, so I think they will get it together,” Lewis said.
“I don’t think they won’t fight, why wouldn’t they? It makes sense. The money is there, the paper is there.
"If you don’t want to fight, wow, what are you in the sport for?
“The logic behind waiting is that you make more money.
"Why take the toughest guys? Make them fight it out, that would be the smart move, I guess.
“But they shouldn’t be scared of losing. We’re gladiators, this is what we do."