Lennox Lewis: Joshua happily protected, wants no part of Wilder or Fury

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Lennox Lewis is on active duty this week as the former undisputed heavyweight champion prepare for his commentary with PBC on FOX.

The one-time top division ruler has been giving interviews all week during fight week in New York. One of those interviews stood out.

Lewis was asked his opinion on the Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury clash before skating over the subject of Anthony Joshua.

Wilder v Fury was the biggest and best clash between two heavyweights since Lewis fought Vitali Klitschko. Fury was down twice but got up and had a case to beat Wilder on the scorecards.

Like many, Lewis wants to see it again.

Dan Canobbio of CompuBox caught up Lewis, who had an interesting take on the Wilder/Fury/Joshua situation.

Here’s what he had to say:

Lewis on Wilder-Fury II and where it leaves Joshua:

“I think they should have a rematch [Wilder and Fury], Joshua can wait. He doesn’t want any of those guys. When he saw that fight, he’s like, ‘Wow these guys can box’, and now they are going to do it again.”

Lewis on rumors of Joshua fighting in NYC in April:

“I don’t think he’ll [Joshua] come over here [United States] right now. I think he’s too happy in England being protected, and boxing in front of the British crowd.”

It’s not the first time Lewis has given Joshua some home truths, although the ‘Pugilist Specialist’ has also been humble and honest on Fury in the past.

Joshua, who picked up an OBE for services to sport on Thursday, has been linked to fighting Jarrell Miller in New York or Dillian Whyte at Wembley next.

Given the shape Derek Chisora is in, it’s no surprise Eddie Hearn is putting a back-up plan in place for his star fighter.

As Wilder and Fury continue talks to fight again, fans cannot expect any movement with Joshua until 2020 – at the earliest.