As Tyson Fury moves towards a chance at becoming undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, fans of the sport are comparing him to the last man who held that title – Lennox Lewis.
Whilst fantasy fights are just that, there’s always intrigue surrounding what might happen if generational elites could face off in the ring.
Lennox Lewis is firmly in the history books for his 41 wins in the sport, made even more impressive his two losses being avenged in the ring. With 32 knockouts and an Olympic Gold Medal, ‘The Lion’ has a solid claim to the the greatest of all time list.
Fury is still building his legacy. The undefeated man from Morecambe has dethroned two long-reigning champions in Wladimir Klitschko and Deontay Wilder, and is well known for his fight outside of the ring against depression, addiction, and huge weight gain.
The latest fighter to give his prediction is Antonio Tarver – an American former two-weight world champion with a record breaking amateur career.
He told DAZN that he would favour past over present in that particular match up.
“Two big giants. Lennox Lewis, gold medals. Lennox Lewis beat every man he stepped in the ring with, so has Tyson. I think Tyson boxes well early, but eventually gets clipped by Lennox Lewis. It’s hard to go against Lennox Lewis.”
Whilst the Fury – Lewis bout is pure fiction, the current WBC heavyweight champion has a very real test in front of him in Oleksandr Usyk. The Ukrainian holds three major belts, and is the one thing standing in Fury’s way of making history as the first undisputed champ of the four-belt era.
The fight is rumoured to land in Saudi Arabia on the first Saturday of March, 2023. Despite all the talk of fantasy fights, Lewis will be there supporting his countryman, Fury.