BOXING legend Lennox Lewis says Tyson Fury is “a great champion” – but still thinks he would have beaten him in his prime.
Lewis is the last man to become the undisputed heavyweight champion, retiring after beating Vitali Klitschko in 2003.
Lennox Lewis believes he would have beaten Tyson Fury in his prime
Fury, meanwhile, appears to have passed up the chance to replicate that.
He announced his “retirement” after knocking out Dillian Whyte, before any fight against the winner of Anthony Joshua versus Oleksandr Usyk rematch could be arranged.
Lewis has called on Fury to postpone hanging up the gloves and “clean up the division” to follow in his giant footsteps.
But the 56-year-old still thinks he had the tools to beat the Gypsy King.
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Speaking to Piers Morgan on TalkTV, Lewis laughed: “I refuse to answer easy questions.
“Listen, Tyson Fury is a great champion, he moves well and he punches hard.
“[He] has a great jab – and an uppercut now – and all he has to do is clean out the division like I did and beat the next generation.”
Lewis won 41 of his 44 professional fights, suffering two losses and drawing the other.
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He famously KO’d Mike Tyson in the eighth round of their grudge match in 2002.
He also avenged his two losses against Oliver McCall and Hasim Rahman.
Lewis was stopped by both Americans before securing his own KO victories in the respective rematches.
Many regard him as the greatest ever British heavyweight.
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Fury is of course undefeated, with one draw on his record against Deontay Wilder.
He proceeded to KO the American in the two fights that followed that contentious tie.