Eddie Hearn responds to Lennox Lewis' criticism of Anthony Joshua

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Amid a flurry of back and forth concerning the next potential opponent for Anthony Joshua, three-time world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis has repeatedly weighed in with his own view.

And Eddie Hearn does not appreciate it.

Unifying three major world heavyweight titles in 22 professional contests, Joshua holds the WBO, WBA and IBF belts and is currently pondering his next fight.

Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury, Dillian Whyte and Jarrell Miller are all possible bouts, but none seem to be anywhere near fruition.

In his latest update concerning a potential Wilder match-up, Hearn claims that six emails concerning the fight languish in the Wilder team inbox without reply.

Perhaps this is because Wilder still has his sights on Fury who - following a desired homecoming fight in front of his own fans - is also still seeking a rematch with Wilder; whether at home or abroad.

But as the last undisputed heavyweight champion, Lewis has been pushing Joshua to lock down a bout with either Wilder or Fury.

“All these things, people like Lennox Lewis, I’ve never known a geezer talk so much s*** as Lennox Lewis at Anthony Joshua,” Hearn told Boxing News.

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“Is it just because he’s bitter that he couldn’t sign him when he tried to? All the things that Lennox is telling us to do, we’ve already done them. ‘What about offer them this percentage deal?’ – done. You think that its AJ not wanting the fight. Absolute bulls***.”

“So its frustrating. Because you’ve got all these people saying AJ don’t want the fight, what more can we do?” Hearn continued.

“Made flat offers, double way rematch, fight in America, but they won’t even reply. If that don’t tell you what you need to know, I’m lost, baffled.”

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Lewis has lots of advice to give at the moment, and on Wilder’s recently unveiled acting ambitions, responded “Be careful there. That acting things doesn’t always work out for heavyweight champs. Trust me. I know.”

But Lewis has a point.

All talk from Hearn and no action from AJ won’t do any good in the long run and the more accusations that he doesn’t want the Wilder fight persist, the sooner they’ll start to ring true.

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