Joshua watched from the sidelines as Wilder and Fury fought to an entertaining draw earlier this month
Lennox Lewis has claimed Anthony Joshua is avoiding fights with Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.
Joshua watched from the sidelines as Wilder and Fury fought to a controversial draw earlier this month with the latter rising from the canvas in the final round.
They are expected to have a rematch next year, leaving Joshua to defend his world titles against either Dillian Whyte or Jarrell Miller.
And Lewis claims his countryman is being “protected” in order to avoid his rivals.
“He doesn’t want any of those guys. When he saw that fight, he was like, ‘Wow these guys can box’,” he told Compubox TV.
“I think Wilder and Fury should have a rematch, Joshua can wait. I don’t think he’ll come over [to the United States] right now.
“I think he’s too happy in England being protected, and boxing in front of the British crowd.”
Joshua will be ringside tonight when Whyte takes on Dereck Chisora in their grudge rematch.
Miller will also be present at The O2 as promoter Eddie Hearn bids to build his profile ahead of a possible fight next year.
The American claims he is the only man who can make Joshua a global star.
He said: “He needs me more than I need him right now. I am not rushing into anything but I want the fight. I want to punch him in the face but we have to get the timing right.
Big Baby in America is the only fight that makes sense for him in America, he needs Big Baby and then he will be in a world full of hurt.
“When he fought Alexander Povetkin over here in his last fight he did not even sell Wembley out. He needs a proper opponent to keep selling tickets and bring the excitement back.
“People have got bored of him, definitely, you cannot keep eating fish and chips every day. It’s a great time for me as it puts me in the driving seat.”