The former world heavyweight champ will be ringside at Wembley for Joshua’s battle in front of 90,000 fans
LENNOX LEWIS is tipping Anthony Joshua to become an all-time boxing great — but NOT as great as he was.
The former world heavyweight champ will be ringside at Wembley for Joshua’s IBF showdown with Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday.
Lewis beat Evander Holyfield in 1999 to become Britain’s first un- disputed heavyweight king since Bob Fitzsimmons 100 years earlier
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He remains the last boxer to hold all three main world titles.
And Lewis, 51, said: “I can see a lot of me in Joshua. He’s young, eager, ambitious and fearless.
“He can do anything he wants and yes he can be an all-time great.
“But saying it and doing it are two different things.
“He’s trying to stay focused but everybody is depending on him, sponsors want things from him, money, interviews, this show and that show these are all things that happened to me.
“I had that determination and focus when I went in and lost some of my bouts.
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“Could he go on to be better than me? I don’t think so, it’s difficult for me to say another man is better than me.
“I had an extensive amateur career which allowed me to be better. Joshua won gold at the Olympics in London but he had a short amateur career.
“To me, there is a lot Anthony Joshua still needs to learn. He will learn but his trainers need to understand that, too, because each fight is a learning curve.
“You don’t want to learn in important fights — and facing Klitschko is massive.”