Lennox Lewis Thinks Deontay Wilder Lost His Spark
Former boxing heavyweight world champion Lennox Lewis believes Deontay Wilder lost his spark against Joseph Parker.
Wilder entered his fight against Parker as a sizeable favorite, but the Kiwi dominated the fight for all 12 rounds to win a lopsided decision. After the fight, Wilder admitted he just couldn’t pull the trigger, but Lewis thinks ‘The Bronze Bomber’ wasn’t focused on the fight at all.
“It looked like to me that Wilder wasn’t even focused on the fight,” Lewis told The Ring (h/t BoxingScene). “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.
“I think trying to box at this stage is a mental thing for me because there are certain things you are supposed to learn on the way up and when you’ve knocked everybody out on the way up, then the mentality becomes if it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” Lewis continued.
Following the loss, Lennox Lewis believes Deontay Wilder needs a new mentor to get him back focused on boxing.
“Get with someone who can make those powerful punches even more lethal by working on other stuff like a great uppercut, a great hook,” Lewis said. “Surprise them, they’re looking for the right hand, hit them with an uppercut, a hook. I don’t think he was totally serious with that fight because you can look at the punch stats, and they’re not close to the (Tyson) Fury fight. This is a lesser man because his weight is not there, his punch count is not up to par, undoubtedly he didn’t take the fight that seriously.”
As of right now, Deontay Wilder does not have his next fight booked.
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