(So far?) The last absolute world champion in heavyweight history, the legendary Briton Lennox Lewis, appreciated the performance of the former WBC belt holder, American heavyweight knockout Deontay Wilder (43-2-1, 42 KOs), who knocked out Robert Helenius in the opening round at the weekend ( 31-4, 20 KOs) from Finland in the semi-final WBC eliminator.
Fantastic! Wilder came back and knocked out Helenius – our report about this fight
Lewis was asked to evaluate Deontay’s chances against the best boxers in the division and his most likely next opponents are unified world champion Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs) and former title holders Anthony Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) from Britain and Andy Ruiz (35-2, 22 KOs) from the USA.
confessedthat does not believe in the victory of the above boxers: “Oh yes, baby! It’s all about knockout power. And Wilder has it. In my opinion, there is only one guy in the division who is able to get back on his feet after such a splash and continue the fight – this is Tyson Fury. After such hits, few people can rise to their feet.
Fury and Wilder met three times. First, the fight ended in a draw, then Tyson celebrated victory twice in a row. In these fights, he was on the floor three times after being hit by a knockout, but each time he got to his feet and continued to fight.
Lewis is not sure if Usyk, Joshua or Ruiz will agree to fight Wilder, because “he is just a real killer. I don’t know what needs to be done to convince them to go against him in the ring … “
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