“Great showing by Anthony Joshua to lift [the] IBF belt from this muppet but he’s still got a lot to learn & he has to now do it as a title holder,” stated Lewis vis social media. “Let [him] have his moment. It’s great for British boxing & [for]the fans but also know that he’s still a work in progress. Don’t rush him.”
After Anthony “AJ” Joshua’s two round destruction over Charles Martin last Saturday night the boxing world has begun making plans for Joshua and his future. While Joshua looked impressive in victory (albeit against an opponent that seemed to not try that hard) he is still a work in progress. Former Olympic gold medalist and world champion Lennox Lewis has nothing but praise for the newly crowned IBF heavyweight champion and what he is doing for British boxing but learning as you go, especially as a world champion will be a battle itself that Joshua will have to deal with.
So what exactly does Lewis mean by don’t rush him? There are plenty of fights that are out there for the young champion and that present a danger to him developing into something great. There are plenty of possibilities on this side of the globe but tempting mega-fights in England with dangerous opponents such as Tyson Fury and David Haye are things that Lewis states should not be on the table at the moment.
“Its definitely not time to talk about Anthony Joshua and Fury or Haye. He’s coming along well but this fight was just a good opportunity to grab a belt.”
When someone says something that is on point, you cant argue with that. It’s true that Joshua may not be ready for those types of challenges but the fact that he holds a belt (which is a great marketing tool for any promoter) puts a target on any fighter and the expectations of said fighter is higher than what they should be. He may not be ready to take on those types of challenges but he better prepare himself quickly because that is what he will facing in the near future.