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Lewis’ argument opened with the statement“It’s not my intention to knock or take away from any of today’s fighters, nor is it my intention to overly glorify fighters of the past.” But the former heavyweight divisional kingpin explained “When you look at the state of today’s heavyweight division you have a group of young up-and-coming talent who are basically still learning and perfecting their craft at the championship level.

The British boxing icon was critical in his analysis, explaining “Most of the top heavyweight fighters today don’t come from a pedigree that has a long amateur career. Lewis paid particular attention to the current divisional kingpins in the form of WBC champion, Deontay Wilder (38-0 37 KO) and the unified IBO, IBF and WBA (Super) title holder Anthony Joshua (20-0 20 KO)“If you look at Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua, both competed in the Olympics and won medals, but they also didn’t have extensive amateur careers to build up on before turning pro.

Lewis touched on the amateur success that both achieved in winning medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the London 2012 Olympics respectively. While viewing those medals as successes, Lewis explained those successes shouldn’t cloud onlookers judgement into believing both achieved a totally successful amateur career. “What they did have was amateur success in the form of gold and bronze medals. “Generally, these are things that translate into launching pads for professional careers and it’s no different in the case of Joshua and Wilder. I used my success in the 1988 Olympics to do the same.

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