Boxing legend Lennox Lewis believes Wladimir Klitschko’s obsession with reclaiming his world titles will ensure the fight between the Ukrainian and Anthony Joshua goes ahead.
IBF Champion Joshua defends his title on December 10 against Texas-born Eric Molina at Manchester Arena, prior to his possible engagement with Klitschko, which is likely to take place in spring of next year.
The British heavyweight is unbeaten in 17 fights and is tipped by bookmakers to KO his opponent, but despite his fight with Molina fast approaching, the 27-year-old is bound to have his mind set on meeting Klitschko.
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The World Boxing Association has sanctioned the clash for the WBA ‘super’ title, and former three-time World Heavyweight Champion Lewis, does not expect the Ukrainian to disembark on his venture to reclaim his two lost belts.
With Tyson Fury having been stripped of his achievements due to the loss of his license, Lewis explained that the heavyweight division is a ‘very open scene right now’.
He said: "Tyson Fury is going through problems and right now obviously Klitschko wants to get his belts back.
"He wants to beat the man that beat him, but he doesn't have that opportunity and he was put in there against somebody else. That's not his mind-set, that's not the man he wants, he wants the man that beat him.
"Will that fight happen? I think it will, because Anthony Joshua has got one of his world titles, one of his belts. He wants that belt back and I think it should be the next big match-up."
Lewis, who previously claimed the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award in 1999, has gifted Joshua with some words of wisdom.
Having suffered two shock defeats in his impressive career, which saw the retired boxer claim 41 wins in 43 fights, he does not want his fellow Brit to inherit his mistakes.
He has warned Joshua to not underestimate Molina, who has 19 KO’s and 25 wins, yet still backs the man labelled as ‘the future of British boxing’, to do the business.
"Obviously you've got to be careful because anybody who is a heavyweight can knock you out," added Lewis. "You cannot go in there thinking this guy's easy.
"He's going to go in there and get rid of him in proper fashion."