Wilder: Older Boxers Need To Motivate The New Generation
For the past several months, Deontay Wilder has called out a number of fighters, primarily fellow heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua. But, more recently Wilder claimed that he could defeat Mike Tyson in his prime, a claim that many including former undisputed champion Lewis, and Tyson himself have refuted.
When speaking with CBS Sports, Wilder claimed that Lewis and Tyson need to motivate and praise those who came after them, and not attempt to downplay the new generation of boxers.
“These past champions, what they should be doing is motivating the up-and-coming guys,” Wilder said to Brian Campbell of CBS Sports.
Wilder, possibly offended that Lewis and Tyson would doubt that the Alabama native would be able to beat Tyson at his peak in 1986, claims that the Tyson generation need to not worry about their legacy, that its a new era in boxing.
“Instead of hating on these guys coming for the top or worry about their legacy getting run over for what they did in their era, that era is gone! This is the new era over here!
“They should be praising the new guys like the other countries, where every other former champion is behind their people. But in America, it’s different. Nobody wants to see nobody become bigger than the one before them. Nobody’s legacy is going to be passed.”
Wilder would also go on and laud Lewis for defending Tyson, but decided to throw some shade at the former undisputed champion for not fighting Tyson in his prime, but in 2002.
“Those guys are subject to their own opinion. I don’t get upset when guys come and clap back and say certain things. I don’t get upset when Lennox Lewis want to defend one of his era brothers. Although Lennox fought Tyson way past his prime, I don’t find offense for that and it doesn’t bother me.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene