Lewis Blasts Wilder For Claims He Could Beat Tyson
Former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis decided to speak out following comments from WBC champion Deontay Wilder claiming he would destroy a prime, 1986 version of Mike Tyson, who at the time seemed unbeatable and capture his first heavyweight title (also WBC) and eventually unified the entire division.
Wilder was speaking with TMZ Sports, during a press conference last week to announced his March 3rd showdown with Luis Ortiz.
“Me vs Tyson in 86, I’d kick the hell outta that guy,” said Wilder.
“Listen, I’ve got to keep it real I know people always go back to the old school or look at the new school and there’s no school where I’m not no. 1 on earth.”
After hearing the comments from Wilder, Lewis took to social media to praise Wilder’s confidence, but put a stop to the idea he could be Tyson.
“I just heard Deontay Wilder said he would destroy a young Mike Tyson. My thoughts are that it’s easy to talk until you actually get in the ring. I like Wilder but he’s never been in there with someone that ferocious who truly wants to break his ribs with every punch. I don’t see it,” Lewis stated.
“I love Wilder’s confidence… you need that to sit atop the heavyweight division… he’s hungry and shows up in probably best shape in division… but there’s levels to it… and he’s still adding to his arsenal.
“My best advice to the entire crop of young heavyweight champs is to focus on being the best of YOUR era! Out of respect and reality. It’s unprovable. Of course people asked, but I found no need to speculate or compare myself to my idol Ali or any other of the past greats.
“History will decide your place among the all time greats… so go out there, clean up the division, defend your title, reign supreme and your work will speak for itself.”