Joshua Explains Lewis Beef, Praises Klitschko
Former unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua recently got into a social media war with one boxing legend, but he is singing the praises of another.
Joshua is currently on a media tour, as he focuses on regaining the heavyweight titles he lost in upset fashion to Andy Ruiz Jr. at New York’s Madison Square Garden on June 1. Following that loss, the first of Joshua’s career, Lewis took to Twitter and urged AJ to find a new trainer and to stop chasing money.
In response, Joshua took several shots at Lewis in a TV special in the UK, claiming Lewis has never mentored him, only criticized him. Lewis responded to this claim on social media as well.
Anyone in his ear about what I have to say are just distractions from the task at hand. #Undisputed They must know this creates more unnecessary stress. Don’t be an obedient target to the things that take you off your individual path to greatness.
— Lennox Lewis (@LennoxLewis) August 17, 2019
“I think everyone has been the underdog at some stage, you always have doubters,” Joshua said. “With the bad-guy thing, I always just say ‘I am what I am.’ I don’t really say that much, but if you keep on poking me and poking me into a corner then I am going to bark and bite back. I am not a confrontational type of person, I keep myself to myself, but if you keep prodding me then I am going to spark back one of these days. Lennox was not a clown for his boxing, the man is a beast for his boxing, we have his photos all over my gym. When we talk about boxing, I respect that but when we sit around the table as men I only talk about wanting to appreciate the younger generation but I feel when it comes to me he’s different.
He seemed to be saying ‘Anthony is dodging someone, he’s this or that’ and I just wondered why he is always attacking me, rather than reaching out and helping me, when I needed it. Lewis doesn’t really reach out, Lewis has never reached out. I went to Jamaica to see Lewis when I first wanted to turn professional.
“He had plans for the heavyweight division and he had plans for what he wanted to do with me but I don’t think they worked with what I wanted to do so I didn’t go down that route. The only times I have ever heard from Lewis since has been via the Internet and stuff like that.”
Joshua did, however, say that the same man he beat to become a unified heavyweight champ, former legendary unified champion Wladimir Klitschko, is someone who advises his career for the better.
“Someone who takes the time to call me, and isn’t really into the internet stuff so much, is Wladimir Klitschko. He calls and advises me and is not interested in he doesn’t do it for hits on the internet, he just calls me, man-to-man and tells me what I should be doing and I appreciate that.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene