Former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis has reacted to the recent comments from promoter Eddie Hearn,
Hearn, who promotes IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO world champion Anthony Joshua, has not been happy with the various comments being made by Lewis with respect to Joshua.
He called Lewis a "geezer" and believes the retired boxer is simply jealous of Joshua's success.
Lewis has been critical of Joshua, because he believes the unified champion is avoiding big fights with Tyson Fury and WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
He also feels Joshua is hurting his career by staging every single fight in the UK and refusing to travel over to the United States or other countries to grow his name.
Lewis felt Hearn and Joshua dropped the ball when it came to making a unification deal with Wilder.
"I’ve recently heard Eddie Hearn talking about how he doesn’t like what I’ve said in regards to the Wilder negotiations in 2018. In my fighting years, I laced my gloves up in the ring for protection of myself and my opponents. Outside of the ring, there are no gloves. We don’t put pillows on to soften the blow. Eddie needs to put his big boy pants on and understand that criticism and scrutiny are a part of the game. No boxer or promoter is above it. Right or wrong, I’ve had my fair share also. It comes with the territory," Lewis told League of Champions.
"In my career, I created my own path, chose my own destiny, fought for everything I’ve earned, and achieved all I’ve set out for in the sport. In my era, I sought out the best to prove I was the best. So I don’t take it lightly when my hard earned reputation is put in question. I have no problem speaking my mind, which seems to hurt people’s feelings, but my views are not, and cannot, be swayed by a tv commentating contract, favour for a fellow Brit, jealousy of a new crop of talent, or the opinions of paid keyboard warriors.
"I manage my character and everything surrounding Lennox Lewis. (Yep, third person.) There’s no puppet master here. I just call it like I see it, like I always have. For those of you who push this false narrative, I invite you to join me here at my League of Champions Youth Boxing Camp, where, among other things, we teach integrity."
Now that Wilder and Fury are taking part in a likely rematch, Lewis says Joshua is forced to become the odd man out until the smoke clears.
"With Wilder Fury 2 happening, Eddie is now scrambling for a viable opponent for Joshua. If Joshua handles his business in April, the winner of Wilder Fury 2 should take on Joshua for the undisputed title. If that doesn’t happen, then we know that it’s just about milking the British fans for as much money as possible, instead of bringing the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world back home to them for the second time in their lifetime. Just that simple," Lewis said.