Lennox Lewis has told promoter Eddie Hearn “to stop milking the cow” and make the world heavyweight title unification fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.
WBA-IBF-WBO world champion Joshua is expected to make a decision on his next fight by next week, with three options reportedly under consideration: either against English rivals Dillian Whyte or Tyson Fury at Wembley Stadium on April 13, or against American Jarrell Miller in New York in June.
Joshua has made four defences of all three belts but his fellow Briton Lewis, the former undisputed world heavyweight champion who last fought in 2003, believes his progress has stalled and has urged him to fight the winner of Wilder-Fury II later this year.
Unified heavyweight world titlist Anthony Joshua may have taken some flak in 2018 for the fights he did not have, but he remains ESPN’s British No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter for the year.
“Joshua is the man to beat in the division. He’s a marketing dream and has great looks and personality,” Lewis told his website locfoundation.org .
“All this is great when packaging him as a product, but as a fighter who’s been there, I find it a bit difficult to understand why Joshua wasn’t as pressed to lift that WBC belt from Wilder as he was to get the IBF belt from Charles Martin.
“I think, in the event that both Joshua and Wilder are able to remain undefeated and face each other for the undisputed title, that the proper splits should be around 60/40 – 55/45 in Joshua’s favour for the first bout and 60/40 for the winner of first bout in a rematch.”