Lennox Lewis’ Manager Reacts To Joshua, Gives Him a Warning
By Rick Reeno
Josh Dubin, the longtime manager of Hall of Famer and a former undisputed heavyweight champion, was offended by some of the statements that were made by former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs).
Back in June at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Joshua suffered the first defeat of his career when he was dropped four times and stopped in the seventh round by heavy underdog Andy Ruiz.
In the aftermath of that fight, Lewis took to social media and was critical of Joshua’s preparation for Ruiz, and he also felt the Olympic gold medal winner was better suited to part ways with longtime trainer, Rob McCracken.
Joshua took part in a taped interview with Sky Sports for an on-demand special for the network.
During the interview, it was explained that Lewis suffered upset defeats on two occasions – and he avenged both of those losses.
And then Joshua unexpectedly chimed in with his personal thoughts on Lewis.
“Lennox is a clown. I don’t respect Lennox,” Joshua said on AJ: The Untold Truth.
“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.”
As the interview continued, Joshua was reminded how Lewis left behind an impressive legacy – which prompted the British superstar to state: “So? So am I.”
Dubin believes the statements made by Joshua were uncalled-for.
“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,” Dubin explained to BoxingScene.com.
“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!”
“And if he keeps it up, Lennox just may eat a few Snickers bars, come out of retirement, and beat AJ up to humble him.”