Lennox Lewis has made his predictions for an undisputed clash between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, as well as the rumoured grudge match between Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua.
The British legend, who was the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion two decades ago, spoke to ESNEWS about both potential fights.
In regards to the fight that would determine the ruler of the division, and crown the first undisputed heavyweight king since Lewis himself, it appears that Lewis favours his fellow Brit over the Ukrainian.
“I’m a Fury fan right now.
I saw him beat Deontay three times and the way that he did it – he told us how he was going to do it. I didn’t believe him the second fight but I believed him the third fight and I watched him do it.
I always say a good big guy can always beat a good small guy.”
And Lewis, 56, believes the ‘fans deserve’ to see that showdown.
“Hey Tyson Fury & Oleksandr Usyk, can we finally give the fans an UNDISPUTED HW Championship fight?
19 years is a long time and fans deserve it! Let’s get it cracking!”
— Lennox Lewis, CBE, CM (@LennoxLewis) August 21, 2022
Moving on to other potentials in the division, the British legend predicted how a fight would play out between Wilder and Joshua. Although no belts would be on the line, fans have been calling for the match up for years, with many of the view that the contest is one of the more exciting clashes of styles the weight can offer.
When asked how he sees it playing out, Lewis was clear in his answer.
Wilder has that thing in him where he wants to hurt you and every time he throws that right hand he’s trying to damage with it – he’s throwing it with intent.”
Joshua suffered his second consecutive defeat last month in Saudi Arabia, when he was once again outpointed by Usyk in their rematch. His promoter, Eddie Hearn, has stated he wants to see a more active AJ and is targeting a December return to the ring. Wilder is amongst potential names for a big fight in 2023, although fans are right to be sceptical given the relationship between promoters.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ is also coming off back-to-back losses, having been beaten twice by Tyson Fury. Such was the manner of the defeats, many thought he may never return to the ring, however, his comeback has now officially been confirmed for October 15th against Robert Helenius.