Lennox Lewis slams Jake Paul vs Ben Askren and PPV "farce" amid Mike Tyson talks

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Lennox Lewis has held nothing back in his assessment of the recent professional boxing bout between Jake Paul and Ben Askren which ended in a stunning victory for the YouTube star.

In what was only the 24-year-old’s third pro fight he demolished the former UFC Welterweight with a flurry of punches inside the first of eight rounds.

Although the event was deemed a huge success, Yahoo report that a lawsuit has been filed in the U.S. District Court that alleges 11 sites broadcasted the card illegally online.

It is also alleged that Triller report losses of over $100 million (£72m), with around 2 million illegal streamers watching with 100 unnamed people accused of sharing.

Lewis commented on an article from mmafighting which detailed the allegations.

He said on Twitter: “What did they expect?.. The majority of the marketing was on social media targeting teenagers. Do teenagers really have $50 for PPV?”

When a follower pointed out that Paul is licensed as a pro, Lewis added: “Now we are getting to the root of the problem. License as a professional but with a record of never fought a professional boxer.

“This is the farce not my beloved boxing.”

The Olympic gold medalist with Canada, who remains the last man to hold the undisputed heavyweight crown, tweeted about the event after taking time out from his talks with Mike Tyson.

The brief topic of conversation came during his punditry on Andy Ruiz Jr's comeback victory over Chris Arreola on Fox Sports, while in attendance in California.

He said: “Not yet, but soon – maybe. We're talking.” Before opening his suit jacket to show the fight poster from their first bout emblazoned inside.

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  • “I’m gonna fight Lennox Lewis. September,” Tyson had previously told TMZ.

    That has seen the comments of Lewis from February resurface: "If the public wanted it then we would probably talk," he told TMZ Sports when approached.

    Before adding: "I don't know. I don't really have nothing pushing me in the ring right now.

    “People would love to see that fight but I don't know."

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