Lewis To Joshua: Demand Hearn Set Up Wilder Fight
Lennox Lewis feels that unless Anthony Joshua pushes his promoter Eddie Hearn to get a deal done, a fight between the British boxing star and WBC champion Deontay Wilder may not happen.
“Go order Eddie Hearn to make the fight with Deontay Wilder. Now is the moment when you must take charge of your own destiny. There is no question that it is Wilder who wants the fight and it is Wilder who wants to prove that he is the man in this new heavyweight era,” Lewis told Jeff Powell of Daily Mail.
“(Wilder) explained to me all the difficulties he is having with Anthony and Eddie, of how AJ is listening to Hearn. Deontay most definitely wants this fight more than any fight. Joshua said he would take fifty million dollars in a heart-beat but when that offer came he didn’t accept. I would have taken fifty million quicker than a heart-beat and gone through with any fight. But I never ducked anyone.”
Lewis compared Wilder’s frustration with Joshua to the issues he had setting up a fight with Riddick Bowe. “Bowe did everything he could to avoid fighting me but I forced the situation,” Lewis said this week.
“I did so by ordering my manager Frank Maloney to go out and do whatever it took to make the fight. Yes or yes. No arguments. Then Riddick had to meet me or vacate. It comes to the point where the boxer has to take over from the manager or promoter as The Boss. Oscar De La Hoya and me were the first to take charge of our business. I took control of my destiny and opened up my chance for greatness. Anthony needs to do the same with Eddie.”
Initial Report: The Daily Mail