By James Slater
Heavyweight great Lennox Lewis will be extremely busy in Liverpool tomorrow night as he attempts to guide David Price to revenge victory over the crafty Tony Thompson, but Lewis is also finding the time to advise 2012 Olympic super-heavyweight gold medal winner Anthony Joshua. In speaking with Sky Sports, 23-year-old Joshua said he has been discussing his next move with Lennox, on whether or not to go professional or stay at amateur level.
According to Joshua, Lewis thinks he should go pro now.
“He told me to turn professional now, capitalise on your platform while you’ve got it and probably stay in the UK at the moment,” Joshua said. “He said it was best that I turn professional now because it’s not like the Cubans who have to stay amateur, I don’t have to stay amateur. I could turn professional and give it a good shot. That’s his advice.”
At age 23, Joshua is young enough to stay amateur, box at Rio in 2016 and then go pro. But reports say there are a number of promoters attempting to get Joshua’s signature on the pro contract. With millions of dollars/pounds out there for him potentially, maybe Joshua would be wise to heed Lewis’ advice and make his pro debut sooner rather than later.
Speaking about his long-term future, Joshua has high hopes.
“Whoever is around when I go for a world title, it could be Vitali or Wladimir, whoever it is I’m going to have to compete with. God willing I get there as well, but that is my plan, to become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world,” he stated.