Lennox Lewis angry over Deontay Wilder's motive for fighting Joseph Parker

“I don’t know what he was focused on, (but) mentally he said it was the money."- Lewis said.

by Sead Dedovic
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Lennox Lewis angry over Deontay Wilder's motive for fighting Joseph Parker
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Many were disappointed with the performance of Deontay Wilder vs. Joseph Parker. It looked like this great boxer had no motivation to win. This was also noticed by Lennox Lewis, who was surprised by Wilder's performance. It looked like Parker was fitter, and like he trained more for the match. During an interview with The Ring Magazine, Lewis gave his opinion regarding the match between Wilder and Parer;

“I don’t know what he was focused on, (but) mentally he said it was the money. ‘They paid me, I wasn’t really ready but I came out and gave them this for a little money. It doesn’t matter what way it goes, I’m prepared for a loss, I’m prepared for a win. Let God decide.’ He lost his spark.”- he said, as quoted by boxing-social.com

Lewis is aware that Wilder has great potential to knock out his opponents, but it seems that he is not using it in the last matches. Judging by Lennox's statements, the main problem is the coach, whom Wilder must change. Lennox believes that the current coach is "destroying" his potential.

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“Get with someone who can make those powerful punches even more lethal by working on other stuff like a great uppercut, a great hook. Surprise them, they’re looking for the right hand, hit them with an uppercut, a hook.”

Lennox Lewis surprised with Deontay Wilder

Lennox Lewis talked about Deontay Wilder's fight against Parker, suggesting that Wilder might not have been ready for the match despite his claims. Lewis implied that Wilder's approach, saying he wouldn't be rusty, didn't make sense because everyone can become rusty without practice. Lewis hinted that this might have impacted Wilder's performance.

Lewis reiterates that money was probably Wilder's biggest motivation in this fight. It seems that with age, Deontay loses his desire to box and that he has completely different motives. At least that's what many experts think, as well as former boxers.

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