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'Lennox is a clown' - Joshua hits back at criticism

'Lennox is a clown' - Joshua hits back at criticism

15/08/2019 at 10:46Updated 15/08/2019 at 12:05

Anthony Joshua has hit back at criticism from Lennox Lewis, labelling the former undisputed heavyweight champion "a clown" over past criticism of him.

Joshua himself had held the WBA, IBA, WBO and IBO titles but lost them in a shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr in June.

In the wake of the bout, Lennox said: "I can't look at that fight and agree that AJ was fully prepared".

But Joshua has hit back, telling Sky Sports: "Lennox is a clown. I don't respect Lennox.

"Me and Lennox are not the same. My legacy is to sit back and enjoy the younger generation coming up, and not to be involved. Just to appreciate what it takes to get there.

"Lennox isn't like that."

However, Lewis has hit back, saying that Joshua's words are merely part of an agenda on the part of his manager, Eddie Hearn and that his only criticism of Joshua was the protracted negotiations about a fight with WBC champions Deontay Wilder.

Joshua is set to fight Ruiz Jr again in December but the venue - Saudi Arabia - has made the fight controversial.