Lennox Lewis sent a gentle reminder to Deontay Wilder as the WBC heavyweight champion announced plans to try his hand at acting.
The former undisputed ruler himself made a foray onto the silver screen for the 2001 release ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ alongside Wladimir Klitschko.
Lewis and Wladimir staged a fictional Las Vegas battle in the movie. Hollywood juggernauts George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts starred alongside.
After filming wrapped, Lewis then defended his world championships against Hasim Rahman. He was duly knocked out in a South Africa shocker.
The Briton regained belts seven months later. But did cite the possibility he took his eye off the ball somewhat in later years.
Wilder posted on social media regarding his intentions to do similar whilst still in the midst of an important part of his career.
“God has Blessed me to be able to do something else that I’m very passionate about and that’s acting. #2019 big things poppin’. Just wait until you see the Champ in Lights, Camera, Action,” said Wilder, just weeks after his most successful night in a draw with Tyson Fury.
God has Blessed me to be able to do something else that I’m very passionate about and that’s acting. #2019 big things poppin.
Just wait until you see the Champ in Lights,
Camera, Action 🎥 💪🏿#BombZquad pic.twitter.com/6adpfpLnLR
— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) January 9, 2019
Replying to urge his caution through experience, Lewis joked: “Be careful there. That acting thing doesn’t always work out for heavyweight champs. Trust me. I know!”
Be careful there. That acting thing doesn’t always work out for heavyweight champs. Trust me. I know! 😉 https://t.co/nQiG3PAZwh
— Lennox Lewis, CBE, CM (@LennoxLewis) January 10, 2019
Into the New Year, and Wilder is linked to a massive rematch with Fury in the coming months. As Wilder posts regarding his thespian plans, Fury is already back in training and looks in even better shape than he did when they fought.
It could be a dangerous game for Wilder to play. Taking his eye off the ball may well be detrimental with Fury so focused.
— Boxing on BT Sport 🥊 (@BTSportBoxing) January 10, 2019
Las Vegas seems all set to stage the return. Although with Canelo taking May 4th and Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao 2 in the pipeline for Nevada, Wilder v Fury 2 may be forced to find a new home in New York or back in Los Angeles.
That is unless Al Haymon and Frank Warren decide to delay the fight until later in the summer. Possibly around July time.