Lennox Lewis was the last man to hold all four major belts in the marquee division 24 years ago. Right now we are fast approaching a new king of the division being crowned when Frank Warren promoted Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk meet on February 17 for the WBO, WBA, WBC and IBF titles.
It has been strongly suggested that whoever wins that fight will then be matched up against the winner of Anthony Joshua versus Francis Ngannou on March 8, though Lewis doesn’t think either of those men is deserving of the shot.
He has said that the fight is a ‘spectacle’ that adds nothing to Joshua’s resume and that Ngannou shouldn’t be in a position to challenge for undisputed after just two fights and that the winner of Zhilei Zhang versus Joe Parker would be more fitting.
Speaking to Seconds Out, Frank Warren has now responded to those comments.
“I think that Zhang should get a shot at the full title, he’s the interim champion and it’s a tough fight, Parker has suddenly found some momentum after being beaten in a very good fight by Joe [Joyce] then Joe loses to Zhang.
“It’s a bit of a merry-go-round at the moment but they’re all good fights and everybody is jockeying for the position to fight the winner of [the undisputed].”
Warren was then asked if he fought Anthony Joshua deserved a shot at the undisputed should he beat Ngannou – a contest one fellow UFC star thinks is 50/50.
“No, I don’t. Zhang is undefeated. I’d like to see him in with AJ. But Zhang has to get through Parker. They’re all good fights.
“One thing is for sure, all the fights are happening and we’re spoilt for choice and that’s down to Riyadh Season and long may it continue ’cause every one of them is a great fight.”
Fans will certainly agree with that.