Frank Warren says Tyson Fury is better than Lennox Lewis was and has the hand speed to challenge Muhammad Ali
Frank Warren believes Tyson Fury is the greatest heavyweight the UK has ever produced and has put his skills on the same level as Muhammad Ali.
Fury is the reigning WBC champion but has won every other major heavyweight title during his unbeaten career as well.
Lennox Lewis was the last heavyweight to hold the undisputed championship, in 2000, and his wins over Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson and Vitali Klitschko among many others see him regarded by many, including talkSPORT’s Simon Jordan, as the UK’s greatest.
Lewis was born in England and moved to Canada at the age of 12, later winning Olympic gold for the nation in 1988, though represented Great Britain throughout his professional career.
And despite the impressive CV, Warren thinks Fury’s ability makes him a problem for the true legends and titans of the heavyweight division in any era.
“I think he is. Obviously Lennox Lewis is a Brit that came from Canada, we all know the story. But let’s take him as one of ours,” Warren told talkSPORT.
“I think Tyson Fury is a very unusual fighter. The size of him, the reach, the boxing brain, the ring skills he’s got; in any generation, he’d be a handful for any fighters.
“If you go back to the glory days of the Alis, the Foremans all of those, most of those guys would have to give a lot of height away to Tyson and he would have matched Ali for speed,” Warren insisted.
“I’m not saying for one minute whether he would have beaten him or not, but I tell you what, it would have been a bloody good fight.
“Would he have beat Frazier or Joe Lewis? It would have been a bloody good fight,” Warren said.
Fury remains adamant that he is walking away from boxing and Warren says he ‘wouldn’t bet my house on him fighting again,’ despite calls for Fury to face the winner of Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk later this year.
While precious few believe the 33-year-old will really walk away from boxing, Fury has stated he is far more likely to make more appearances in WWE and make ‘Mayweather money’ from exhibitions with UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou lined up for early 2023.