Boxing News At Five | Aug 15 2019

Boxing News at Five: Anthony Joshua calls Lennox Lewis a “clown”, Joshua Buatsi fights Ryan Ford on August 31

The war of words between former heavyweights champions Lennox Lewis and Anthony Joshua continues, and Joshua Buatsi gets a durable Canadian for August 31

ANTHONY JOSHUA has often stressed the importance of respecting one’s elders but has this week described one of his, Lennox Lewis, as a “clown”, revealing he has little respect for the former world heavyweight champion.  

The two British heavyweights have always enjoyed a testy kind of relationship, with Lewis often quick to highlight the perceived missteps Joshua has made since turning professional in 2013. However, this tension appeared to crank up a notch on Sky Sports’ AJ: The Untold Truth when Joshua, rattled by the backlash received following his seventh-round stoppage loss to Andy Ruiz Jnr in June, hit back at Lennox, one of boxing’s true greats, for some of the things he has written on social media in recent times.

“I can’t look at that fight and agree that AJ was fully prepared,” Lewis tweeted in the aftermath of Joshua’s June 1 fall from grace, calling into question the ability of the dethroned champion’s trainer, Rob McCracken.