Lennox Lewis aired his views on the shocking loss suffered by Anthony Joshua and says George Foreman could be the man to help his fellow-Briton.
Joshua, 29, was dropped four times and badly beaten by Andy Ruiz Jr. on June 1st. In the process, he was relieved of four versions of the world crown.
In the fallout, Lewis spoke to Inside PBC Boxing. The ex-champ was asked if Joshua should seek help elsewhere for a contracted rematch.
“I know George Foreman put his name out there. He needs someone of that caliber to talk to,” said Lewis to guests, including Shawn Porter and Abner Mares.
“George helped my career just be commentating on my fights. I’d listen to him.
“If I was in a fight and he said, ‘he’s not throwing that jab enough’ or ‘he’s not being authoritative with the jab’, I would go away and train. Then I’d be authoritative with that jab.
“Because that’s what George said. He knows – he’s been there.”
Quizzed on how highly he rated the victory by Ruiz, Lewis offered his praise. Whilst also stating the Mexican should push for the return on home soil.
“To accomplish being heavyweight champion of the world, the way he did it. He really did an excellent job. Congratulations to him.
“I’m very happy with him and for him. What he’s done is history. For Mexico, this is history and for me, his first defense should be in Mexico.
“The whole country would come out for him. I think (the rematch) it would be a great fight too.”
Joshua’s promoter has since stated New York or the UK are favorties for the second fight. WBN understands Madison Square Garden is a clear first choice.
AJ wants to wipe the loss, which was his United States debut, from memory and claim all his belts back in New York.
DAZN, the streaming service with whom Joshua has once fight left of his agreement, are also pressing hard to bring the Londoner back.
After witnessing Tyson Fury crack America with a mere ring walk, Joshua has plenty to do to in order to win over the stateside fans.