"I don't think so," Tyson said Wednesday when asked if Wilder would beat him in his prime.
Lennox Lewis knows what it's like to fight Tyson—and past his prime, no less. He said: "I like Wilder, but he's never been in there with someone that ferocious who truly wants to break his ribs with every punch. I don't see it!"
Lewis weighed in further on social media:
"These past champions, what they should be doing is motivating the up-and-coming guys," Wilder said. "They don't need to motivate me because I'm self-motivated. They don't need to give me convincing. But these other guys coming up, they should start a trend. Instead of hating on these guys coming for the top or worry about their legacy getting run over for what they did in their era, that era is gone! This is the new era over here!"
Wilder (39-0, 38KOs) has more than just hypothetical showdowns with prime Tyson to worry about considering the undefeated clash scheduled for March 3.
He will face Luis Ortiz (28-0, 24 KOs) in Brooklyn, New York, after their first matchup never came to fruition because Ortiz tested positive for a banned substance. Wilder previously handled replacement Bermane Stiverne with ease.