Anthony Joshua | Lennox Lewis Extremely High on Giant Olympic HeavyweightWritten by Leroy Cleveland
"Floyd and Manny are small guys. The world is waiting for the next dynamic heavyweight," said former universally-recognized heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis in a recent interview with Daily Mail.
"If Anthony Joshua is that big man then translate those hundred million dollars into pounds, for starters. He would certainly earn more than Mike Tyson or myself."
Can 6'7" (200.66cm) Anthony Joshua be a force in professional boxing? Lennox believes he can be that and more.
"Anthony will become the most sought after sportsman in the world if he takes gold,' says Lewis, who won the Olympic super-heavyweight title in Seoul in 1988.
"I believe he is going to win it. He has the raw talent. Now he must show us the attitude. I told him the other day that London is house – so go clean house."
But much to the chagrin of the former champion, Joshua has expressed an interest in promoting himself as a professional following his amateur career.
Hoping Joshua doesn't go the way of another Olympic star, Audley Harrison, Lewis told Daily Mail, "I spoke with Audley at the time ... He was already talking about being his own promoter and I warned him that wouldn't work. Too much distraction. Too much division of his energy."
Lewis added, 'He didn't listen to me. He should have found someone he trusted to take care of business and focused on what really matters, what brings in the money... winning fights."
About Anthony Joshua
Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua, 22, is a British amateur who is currently competing in the Olympic Games in the 91kg+ (Super-Heavyweight) Division. He entered ranked No. 3 in the World at 91kg+ by the AIBA World Rankings.
A late-starter in boxing, Joshua didn't lace the gloves until he was 18, after his cousin suggested he give it a try. The Olympic Gold Medal prospect trains at Finchley ABC in North London where Dereck Chisora, a high-profile pro heavyweight, is a stablemate.
Joshua won has several boxing tournaments, including the senior ABA Championships in 2010,. He refused an £50,000 ($77,500 USD) offer to turn professional soon thereafter.
"Turning down that £50,000 was easy. I didn't take up the sport for money, I want to win medals." He also went on to win the same tournament the following year.
Earlier today, Joshua defeated Cuban Erislandy Savon in a close affair that could have gone either way. The score was 17-16.
Anthony showcased an impressive 1-2, left-right combination and managed to stay away from Savon's lethal roundhouse hooks.
Joshua, who certainly has the size to compete with giant pros, appears to have a lot of natural talent and decent punching power. However, like any young amateur, he must be cultivated properly to find tremendous success in the pro ranks.
China's Zhilei Zhang, who knocked out Australian Johan Linde with a big right hand, in next for Joshua.