Lennox Lewis Praises Fury To Stepping Up To Face Deontay Wilder

Lennox Lewis believes Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder will regret not fighting each other for the rest of their lives if they fail to agree terms for a massive unification showdown, ESPN reports.

The former unified heavyweight champion, who is the last man to hold the Undisputed Champion title, has warned both Joshua and Wilder to make their fight happen.

“It has to happen and they need to negotiate,” Lewis said. “If they don’t fight each other they will regret it forever and that is because it will become part of a big debate: Would Joshua have won, would Wilder have won?

“I had that with Mike Tyson and I had to tell my manager Frank Maloney to go out and make the fight happen – I never wanted to be part of a great debate: I wanted people to know who the King was.”

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However the former champion, who will sit down to discuss his illustrious career for the first time at an intimate, moderated event in September, did welcome the recent speculation that Tyson Fury is prepared to fight Wilder, perhaps as soon as November.

“It’s the right move, right now for Fury,” Lewis insisted. “He’s standing up for Britain like I did and I have to give him all the respect for agreeing to take Joshua’s place and fight Wilder.

“We all wanted Joshua to take the fight, but it’s good news that Fury is prepared to accept it and if he wins it would be a great win – he would have shown the heart of a champion, a real champion.”

Lewis had one obstacle during his own remarkable career and he failed to secure a fight with Riddick Bowe, who was a champion at the same time. Bowe had lost to Lewis in the Olympic final in 1988 and their rematch as professionals was on and off for nearly a decade.

“Bowe never wanted the fight, his manager never wanted the fight and they made so many ridiculous demands. It was truly impossible, they demanded millions and millions. The truth is they had no intention of ever making the fight happen,” Lewis said.

The 52-year-old will relive his glory days at the O2 in London in September and will share with fans some of the secrets that have been buried since he retired in 2004.

“Every era needs a King and the King is coming to talk – I will talk about these three (Joshua, Wilder and Fury) and believe me if I had to fight either of them I would win: I never got in the ring to lose.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by markther on 08-11-2018

[QUOTE=davefromvancouv;19013170]Holyfield was also chosen because he looked shot against Bowe and Bobby Czyz. So with Tyson's lack of discipline during his comeback bid, it was felt that Holyfield was the safer fight. And, like you said, the more lucrative fight...…

Comment by The Madison on 08-11-2018

Why would Joshua regret it? He doesn't need wilder at all.

Comment by davefromvancouv on 08-11-2018

[QUOTE=markther;19011492]He was kept from Lewis because the Holyfield fight was way more lucrative and marketable. YOU would have fought Holyfield instead of Lewis too. It was way more money in the Holyfield fight for Tyson. But Tyson was an undisciplined…

Comment by markther on 08-10-2018

[QUOTE=davefromvancouv;19011299]Agreed. The version of Mike Tyson that existed before the Buster Douglas fight would have forced Lewis to take it to another level. But Lewis turned pro in 1989. The Buster Douglas fight was in 1990 so you can't blame…

Comment by davefromvancouv on 08-10-2018

[QUOTE=markther;19010453]The version of Tyson that fought Holyfield wasn’t the version of Tyson that was BEFORE the Buster Douglas fight that I already stated in my previous post. I’m curious how Lewis would have dealt with that one. And that version…

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