LENNOX LEWIS has offered an olive branch to Anthony Joshua following their war of words.
The boxing legend questioned whether AJ was fully prepared following his shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr on June 1.
Lewis has also tweeted that the star’s trainer Rob McCracken may not offer everything needed for a fighter to “rule” the heavyweight division.
Joshua hit back yesterday and labelled Lewis “a clown” for his remarks.
Now the 53-year-old has responded by offering to meet the recently dethroned WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO king face-to-face or even discuss the matter further over the phone.
Lewis tweeted: “I don’t blame AJ as much as i blame the ppl around him that stoke the fires.
“I have remained at an arms distance from AJ to respect that he wants to make his own way. I’m sure he also gets sick of the constant comparisons to me over his entire career.”
He continued: “He is the first AJ, not the next Lennox Lewis.
“Like i said, I won’t fall into that trap and be pitted against him. He has a watershed moment in his career coming up and all this only serves as a distraction by the media. Notice how they only led with his comments about me?
“AJ has my number if he ever wants to clarify what is being said in the media or show me where im wrong about something.
“My doors remain open to him, but just know that disrespect is not answer to his frustrations.”
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Meanwhile Joshua, 29, is gearing up for his rematch with Mexican Ruiz.
They are set to clash in Saudi Arabia on December 7- but the champion insists “real news” about the fight is to come as claimed the showdown must be in the US.
However, promoter Eddie Hearn hit back threatening legal action unless the Mexican-American honours his contract.