Lennox Lewis may come out of retirement ‘eat a few snickers’ and ‘humble’ AJ, reveals manager of ex-undisputed champ
LENNOX LEWIS could come out of retirement and “eat a few Snickers” before “humbling” Anthony Joshua, warned his manager Josh Dubin.
The two boxing greats have been engaged in a war of words since former heavyweight king Lewis claimed AJ was not “fully prepared” before his shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr in New York two months ago.
Lewis has also tweeted that the star’s trainer Rob McCracken may not offer everything needed for a fighter to “rule” the heavyweight division.
Joshua hit back to label the 53-year-old “a clown” for his remarks, but Dubin has now weighed in on the escalating war of words.
Speaking to Boxing Scene, he said: “If he [Joshua] keeps it up, Lennox just may eat a few Snickers bars, come out of retirement, and beat AJ up to humble him.
“If Anthony Joshua was actually paying attention to his peers in the ‘younger generation,’ he would know that Lennox has been a mentor and friend to countless young fighters.
“From Andre Ward to Shakur Stevenson, to Bryant Jennings, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, the list goes on and on. He has always been there as a sounding board and supporter for these guys and so many more.
“And if Joshua would pay attention to the business at hand instead of Lennox, he would know that Lennox has a non-profit boxing camp for underprivileged young fighters that he hosts throughout the year in Jamaica and Canada called the League of Champions. So there’s one thing he’s right about – Lennox is cut from a different cloth – silk.
“Lennox’s role as a broadcaster requires him to provide commentary about different fighters.
“Despite the fact that both Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury have received construction criticism from Lennox, they remain friends and supporters and appreciate the feedback.
“And even if Lennox wasn’t a commentator, legends have the right to comment on younger generation. So Anthony must be cut from tissue paper if he can’t take a little feedback from the last undisputed!”
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Lewis suffered shock defeats to Oliver McCall and Hasim Rahman in his career – both of which were avenged – but questioned whether AJ can do the same.
The Watford-born star suffered one of the greatest shocks in boxing history, surrendering his world titles to Ruiz in New York, with the Mexican later revealing that he ate Snickers bars before the bout.
Joshua, 29, is set for a rematch om the Saudi Arabia on December 7 – but the champion claimed the showdown must be in the US.