ANTHONY JOSHUA called Lennox Lewis a “clown” after the former heavyweight champion claimed AJ was not “fully prepared” before his shock loss to And
ANTHONY JOSHUA called Lennox Lewis a “clown” after the former heavyweight champion claimed AJ was not “fully prepared” before his shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr.
Brit superstar Joshua, 29, is heading into a rematch against Ruiz, also 29, on December 7 in Saudi Arabia having been beaten by the 25-1 underdog in New York two months ago.
Similarly Lewis suffered shock defeats to Oliver McCall and Hasim Rahman in his career – both of which were avenged – but he questions whether AJ can do the same.
The last undisputed heavyweight champ said: “I knew exactly what I did wrong before I left the ring that night and exactly how to correct it.
“If AJ and team feel the same way then so be it. It just seemed during the fight that they didn’t have the answers when they needed them.”
However, AJ insists he and Lewis are “cut from a different cloth” – with the 53-year-old accused of not being able to “appreciate” the younger generation of champions.
Joshua told Sky Sports: “Lennox is a clown. I don’t respect Lennox.
“Me and Lennox are not the same. My legacy is to sit back and enjoy the younger generation coming up, and not to be involved.
“Just to appreciate what it takes to get there. Lennox isn’t like that.
“Me and Lennox are cut from a different cloth.”
Joshua was on the deck four times against Snickers lover Ruiz, before a round seven stoppage capped off a disastrous US debut for AJ.
The 29-year-old former titlist has since admitted a lucrative undisputed showdown with rival Deontay Wilder had caused him to take his eye off the ball.
But such distractions are now out of mind for AJ, with a career defining night waiting in the Middle East at the end of the year.
Joshua said: “I’m not focusing on that anymore.
“It was like I was coming to the end of my road already, worrying about undisputed.
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“I became heavyweight champion, I unified the division twice, and now my goal is to become two-time heavyweight champion of the world.
“Once I achieve that, I can look at becoming undisputed champion.
“That undisputed stuff? It was right in front of me but it was one of the biggest curses lingering over my head when I was champion.”