Lennox Lewis encourages Alexander Povetkin to retire from boxing

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Former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis feels that Alexander Povetkin should hang up his gloves and retire from boxing following his defeat to Anthony Joshua at Wembley Stadium.

Povetkin was knocked out in seven rounds at Wembley last weekend by Joshua, and following his defeat to the four-time heavyweight champion in the capital, Lewis has had his say.

At this stage of the 39-year-old's career, securing another heavyweight title fight will be difficult after his defeat to Joshua, and that's left Lewis wondering where he can go from here.

Lewis, a great of the sport and former heavyweight champion himself, has had his say on the fight, before admitting that the veteran Russian should call it a day in the ring following a long career.

"Against Joshua, Povetkin started off quickly and soon found himself out of steam," says Lewis.

"Povetkin started the fight too active, by the middle of the fight he just ran out of gas,

“Although, of course, he made a couple of good attacks, but this was not enough, because Joshua calmly stepped in and did his job.

"Anthony can be beaten by someone who is well prepared physically, not for half the fight, but for twelve rounds.

"As for Povetkin, I think he needs to finish his career, he would become an excellent ambassador for sports and boxing."


Lewis has spoken the truth about Povetkin and the fight itself.

The Russian started off very strongly, even wobbling AJ in the first round, and continuing to frustrate the Brit throughout the early rounds.

However, as the fight went on, he started to tire, and that allowed Joshua back into the fight.

Meanwhile, when asked if Deontay Wilder would be his ideal fight, undefeated Brit Joshua said: "That would be the ideal fight for the fans, for myself and for my legacy. So yeah, why not?

Anthony Joshua v Alexander Povetkin - World Heavyweight Title Fight

"Nothing’s signed, nothing’s sealed.

"I don’t like to give people false news. But that’s the fight I want, that’s the fight we want and that’s the fight that should happen."

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