All time heavyweight grea,t Lennox Lewis, has given some advice to a young fighter hoping to lift the British title next weekend.
Famously, Lewis is the last heavyweight to hold the undisputed championship and held titles on three separate occasions as well as being a two-time lineal champion.
It all started when he turned pro in 1989 and he soon went on to work his way up the levels. He picked up the European title in 1990 and the British title in 1991 when he beat undefeated, world-ranked Gary Mason, and just two years later he lifted his first world honours when he became the WBC Heavyweight Champion in January 1993.
Lewis still very much keeps up with the boxing scene and often has advice for young fighters as he did recently for British title hopeful David Adeleye when the pair went out for dinner together.
Adeleye, who is 12 and 0 with 11 knockouts, has a much anticipated clash coming up against Fabio Wardley on the undercard of Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou on October 28. The fight has already hit the headlines when the pair were scuffling at a press conference and Wardley was left with a cut.
Speaking to TNT Sports Boxing, Adeleye spoke about the encounter with Lewis, but didn’t want to reveal too much of the advice.
“I was picking his brains over dinner. Nice guy, down to earth, we spoke about everything. It’s humbling and at the same time I was overawed. I love it though, I’m taking it all in my stride, I’m gunna go with the flow. He was giving me lots to tips, what to do, what not to do but [I won’t share them.]”
It also emerged that he has been speaking to Tyson Fury and the pair were meant to spar though it never happened.
“I spoke to Tyson too. I was meant to be sparring with him but I was in America so it didn’t work out but we spoke as well.”
With men like that giving him advice, Adeleye sure will be one to watch when his fight with Wardley comes around on TNT Sports Pay-Per-View.