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Anthony Joshua: Lewis Insist On Battle With Wilder

LENNOX LEWIS has urged Anthony Joshua to prove he wants a world heavyweight super-fight with Deontay Wilder – by forcing promoter Eddie Hearn to get it sorted.

Former unified king Lewis says fellow Brit AJ must finally “take charge” – and show he wants the mega-millions title bout as much as America’s WBC champ Wilder does.

Anthony Joshua has been told by Lennox Lewis to make his promoter Eddie Hearn set up a fight with Deontay Wilder

Anthony Joshua has been told by Lennox Lewis to make his promoter Eddie Hearn set up a fight with Deontay Wilder

Lewis told the Mail: “There is no question that it is Wilder who wants the fight and it is Wilder who wants to prove that he is the man in this new heavyweight era.

“Go order Eddie Hearn to make the fight with Deontay Wilder. Now is the moment when you must take charge of your own destiny.”

Three-time world heavyweight champ Lewis, who was the division’s last undisputed champ, said: “He explained to me all the difficulties he is having with Anthony and Eddie, of how AJ is listening to Hearn.

“Deontay most definitely wants this fight more than any fight.

Anthony Joshua is told to take control of negotiations with Deontay Wilder

American fighter Deontay Wilder has convinced Lennox Lewis he definitely wants the fight with Britain’s Anthony Joshua

“Joshua said he would take $50million in a heartbeat but when that offer came he didn’t accept.“I would have taken fifty million quicker than a heartbeat and gone through with any fight.”

Lewis revealed his own experience of never facing top yank Riddick Bowe has helped shape his thinking.

Lennox Lewis was the last man to be sole and undisputed world heavyweight champ

Lennox Lewis was the last man to be sole and undisputed world heavyweight champ

He eventually forced his manager Frank Maloney to doggedly pursue the fight.

But in the end Bowe vacated his title.

 

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