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Lennox Lewis Speaks on His Anthony Joshua 'Hate'

The relationship between heavyweight boxing legends and champions is often as intriguing as the fights, especially in the case of Lennox Lewis, the last undisputed heavyweight champion, and Anthony Joshua, a two-time unified world heavyweight champion, who have a complicated relationship and history.


BRITISH GOLD: Lennox Lewis, a former olypic gold medalist, with the then crowned Olympic gold, Anthony Joshua
BRITISH GOLD: Lennox Lewis, a former olypic gold medalist, with the then crowned Olympic gold, Anthony Joshua

Lewis, known for his tactical skills and legendary status in boxing, has criticised and supported Joshua. His recent comments about Joshua's March 8 fight with Francis Ngannou as a'spectacle,' have fueled debates. Lewis argued that Joshua's win over Otto Wallin and his subsequent fight with crossover MMA star Ngannou are not enough to challenge for the heavyweight titles again. Lewis believes boxing's traditional paths to championship glory are sacred.


The conversation became personal when a fan accused Lewis of hating Joshua for not signing a promotional deal. Lewis denied this by citing his past praise for Joshua, distancing himself from any perceived animosity. He replied, "Yeah... so much hate." Stop believing Eddie Hearn and look around. "I only became a 'hater' after I criticised them for not making the Wilder fight for UNDISPUTED when they had the chance," shows his dedication to the sport.


Many fans will be backing Lewis on this, wondering if AJ will ever face Wilder
Many fans will be backing Lewis on this, wondering if AJ will ever face Wilder

Lewis also highlighted Eddie Hearn, Joshua's promoter since his Olympic success. Hearn believes Joshua's fight against Ngannou will help him reclaim all four heavyweight titles. Lewis considered the winner of the Joshua-Ngannou co-main event, Zhilei Zhang-Joseph Parker, more deserving of a title shot. This view emphasises Lewis's preference for merit-based opportunities over spectacular matches.


Lewis and Joshua represent boxing's complex relationship of respect, competition, and legacy. Lewis has been critical but fair of Joshua's career, but his comments highlight the high standards and expectations set by sports' elite. Legends like Lennox Lewis will shape perceptions and guide the next generation of heavyweight champions as the division evolves.


But do you think Lewis is just a hater, or does he have reason? Let us know what you think in the comments below!


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