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Lennox Lewis, boxing’s last undisputed heavyweight champion, doesn’t quite see what Anthony Joshua has to gain in his March boxing match with Francis Ngannou.

It was confirmed in recent days that the two former champions of their respective sports will clash in Saudi Arabia on March 8; a fight made possible by Ngannou’s razor-thin split decision loss to Tyson Fury last year, as well as Deontay Wilder — who was intended to be Joshua’s March opponent — losing to Joseph Parker on December 23.

But now that the Joshua vs. Ngannou fight is a reality, Lewis says that his is a potential banana skin for Joshua — and that he doesn’t see what the former two-time heavyweight champion has to gain.

“IMO, this fight adds ZERO credibility to AJ’s resume,” Lewis wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “He’s SUPPOSED to win this fight and when he does, what does he gain or learn by beating someone in his second HW fight? If he loses, then it’s an absolute disaster. The same stood for Fury, and it almost cost him everything.”

Lewis, who made similar statements ahead of Fury’s bout with Ngannou in October, was answered on Twitter by Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn: “The winner fights the winner of Fury v Usyk for Undisputed and when AJ joins your club I know you will be delighted for him.”