Lennox Lewis has been both complimentary and critical of Anthony Joshua in the past, but has denied any claims that he has an agenda against the two-time unified world heavyweight champion.
Most recently, Lewis – the last man to be undisputed in the division – said that Joshua’s fight with Francis Ngannou was a ‘spectacle’ only and that a win over Otto Wallin previously and then the MMA man on March 8 isn’t deserving of a third crack at the titles.
A fan responded to ‘The Lion’ accusing him of ‘hating’ on Joshua ever since he didn’t sign a promotional pact with him. Lewis denied anything of the sort, posting pictures of him praising ‘AJ’ in the past.
“Yeah… just so much hate. Get off the Eddie Hearn narrative and open your eyes. I only became “hater” after i criticised them for not making the Wilder fight for UNDISPUTED when they had the chance.”
“The Hearn narrative is that i was bitter and hating on at AJ for not signing with me. I was not.”
Yeh… just so much hate. 🤦🏾♂️😂 Get off the Eddie Hearn narrative and open your eyes. I only became “hater” after i criticized them for not making the Wilder fight for UNDISPUTED when they had the chance. 🤨 #receiptshttps://t.co/vAJgAUDPvLpic.twitter.com/q8oHbQdZun
— Lennox Lewis, CBE, CM (@LennoxLewis) January 16, 2024
During the social media exchange, Eddie Hearn – the man who did Joshua when he turned pro after Olympic Gold – said that the ‘spectacle’ fight was actually going to earn his man a shot at all four belts.
Lewis responded that the winner of Zhilei Zhang-Joseph Parker, the co-main feature on the Joshua-Ngannou card, is more deserving of a shot.