TwitterFacebook

Lennox Lewis assesses the current state of the heavyweight division

Anthony Cocks

Australian-based boxing journalist Anthony Cocks has been covering the sport for over 15 years for various print and online publications. He refuses to believe that Roberto Duran ever lost to Tommy Hearns and says that Jeff Fenech would destroy Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali on the same night.

Follow Anthony Cocks on: Twitter | Facebook
KO Boxing Forum

Lennox Lewis has broken down the heavyweight division and says it will take something special for the leading contenders to usurp the “big three”.

The former undisputed heavyweight champion believes unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua 22-0 (21), WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder 40-0-1 (39) and lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury 27-0-1 (19) are streets ahead of the competition.

“The way I see it, at the top of today’s current crop of top heavyweights is Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, and Tyson Fury. Let’s call them the big three,” said Lewis in a statement to League of Champions.

See Also

“They are at the very top of the division and then there’s everyone else. They can be interchangeable, yet still dangerous, opponents.”

The 53-year-old, who retired in 2003 with a record of 41-2-1 (32), nominated four boxers who could potentially challenge the three leaders of the division but cautioned that size smaller heavyweights will continue to struggle as the big men keep getting bigger.

“You have (Dillian) Whyte, (Joseph) Parker, (Dominic) Breazeale, and (Luis) Ortiz. All of these guys are solid fighters that have the potential to break through with a great fight,” said Lewis.

“However, one major difference is that they aren’t physically built like the big three. Heavyweight bodies have grown bigger, taller and stronger over the years.

“In order to compete with, or beat any of the big three, these fighters must fight them very smart.

“Physically, post-modern heavyweights have broken the mould from the days that 6-foot champions ruled the roost. In today’s world, even my 6-foot-5 frame is on the shorter side of the top guys.

“It’s getting harder and harder for the competition to physically match up with the big three. Much like it was during the Klitschko era.

“The Klitschkos dominated. This was through a combination of size, strength and skills. Which is a tough combination to beat.”

Lewis said there were three prospects coming through the ranks who he felt had the potential to be the superstars of tomorrow if they continue their winning ways.

“There are others who are also rising in the ranks, like Joe Joyce, Daniel Dubois and Efe Ajagba. But they have not really cracked that top tier plateau that’s going to drive pay per view ticket sales at this moment,” he said.

“Keep an eye out for them though.”

FITE – BOXING TV FIXTURES

TOP STORIES

Ivan Baranchyk promises a knockout against Jose Zepeda if the…

Ivan Baranchyk promises a knockout against Jose Zepeda if the opportunity comes

Former IBF junior welterweight champion Ivan ‘The Beast’ Baranchyk 20-1 (13) says he won’t let former two-time world title challenger Jose ‘Chon’ Zepeda 32-2 (25) off the hook if he gets the chance to knock him out during their 10-round contest at ‘T…

Ohara Davies wins Golden Contract with majority decision over Tyrone…

Ohara Davies wins Golden Contract with majority decision over Tyrone McKenna

Junior welterweight Ohara ‘Two Tanks’ Davies 22-2 (16) won the MTK Global Golden Contract final with a 10-round majority decision over Tyrone ‘The Mighty Celt’ McKenna 21-2-1 (6) by scores of 96-94, 96-94 and 95-95 at Production Park Studios in South…

Shakur Stevenson wants first crack at Jamel Herring ahead of…

Shakur Stevenson wants first crack at Jamel Herring ahead of Carl Frampton

Undefeated southpaw Shakur Stevenson 14-0 (8) says he won’t be stepping aside to allow WBO super featherweight champion Jamel Herring 22-2 (10) to face Carl Frampton 28-2 (16). The 23-year-old from Newark, New Jersey was installed as the WBO numbe…

Danny Roman demands world title shot against Luis Nery

Danny Roman demands world title shot against Luis Nery

Former unified super bantamweight champion Danny ‘The Baby-Faced Assassin’ Roman 28-3-1 (10) wants a crack at newly crowned WBC 122-pound champion Luis ‘Pantera’ Nery 31-0 (24) following his win over Juan Carlos Payano 21-4 (9) last weekend. Roman…

Dereck Chisora warns Oleksandr Usyk: "I'm stronger, crazier and I…

Dereck Chisora warns Oleksandr Usyk:

Dereck Chisora 32-9 (23) has issued a warning to Oleksandr Usyk 17-0 (13) ahead of their clash on October 31, saying "I'm stronger, crazier and I want it more". The 36-year-old veteran heavyweight is planning to end the unbeaten run of the former …

Manny Pacquiao short-priced favourite to defeat Conor McGregor in boxing…

Manny Pacquiao short-priced favourite to defeat Conor McGregor in boxing bout

Manny Pacquiao has been installed as a short-priced favourite to defeat former UFC star Conor McGregor in their mooted boxing bout. BetOnline is offering odds of -1200 (1/12) on Pacquiao, while McGregor backers can get +700 (7/1). WBA welterwei…

Welcome

Welcome to Ringnews24; read the latest boxing news from around the world.

The site is run by boxing fans James Tonks and Lee Daley.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free toEmail Us

Write for Ringnews24

KO BOXING FORUM

CONNECT WITH US