Lennox Lewis Says Joshua-Ngannou Has ‘Zero Credibility’; Eddie Hearn Responds

Lennox Lewis criticized Anthony Joshua’s decision to fight Francis Ngannou, saying the fight does nothing for his legacy.

The expectation was on Joshua to face Deontay Wilder, provided he beat Joseph Parker as a two-fight deal was in place. The Bronze Bomber came up short, losing a unanimous decision, ending any hopes of the fight. The next opponent was a choice between Ngannou, Zhilei Zhang and Filip Hrgovic.

Since they hold interim belts, a fight against Zhang and Hrgovic would have taken Joshua a step closer to a world title. Hrgovic has the IBF interim belt and is also with Matchroom, while Zhang has the WBO interim belt but has accused Eddie Hearn of keeping AJ away from him. As Lewis pointed out, the decision was made to face Ngannou at the expense of legacy.

The justification for the Ngannou fight has been his sole performance against Tyson Fury. The former UFC Heavyweight Champion dropped Fury and went the distance, something which the majority never foresaw. Before the Fury-Ngannou fight, Hearn called it a complete mismatch, showing the quick turnaround. But the winner of Joshua-Ngannou will face the undisputed champion, Tyson Fury or Oleksandr Usyk, as they square off on February 17, prompting Hearn to respond.

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