Teddy Atlas doesn’t know if Anthony Joshua is still as confident as he once was.
Entering the first Andy Ruiz Jr. fight, Joshua had all the confidence in the world, but after being knocked out, Atlas believes that went away. Although he looked good in the rematch and against Kubrat Pulev, Atlas still thinks Tyson Fury will make Joshua question himself in there.
“I think Fury could stop him. I like AJ, he’s a good fighter, he’s got good talent, he’s had a great comeback. I like all that. I’m not going to say he has a China chin, I’m not going to say that,” Atlas said on his podcast (via dailymail). “But, I’m gonna say Fury has a better chin. And I’m going to say he’s been to dark places when he got stopped by Ruiz. He being Joshua. He went to dark places.
“Now he found a light and he lit the room up and he’s back into a place that’s lit. I just don’t think he’s that far away from a power shortage,” Atlas continued. “I think there could be a blackout again, where his confidence [goes]. When I say the electricity, the light, I attach it to confidence, belief, mental strength and durability. I think that a blackout could happen in that generator of his again. He’s not far from removed from being taken back to no lights. So I’m going with Fury.”
When the two do end up fighting, Teddy Atlas just likes Tyson Fury‘s skillset better and that is why he thinks he will end up knocking out Anthony Joshua.
“And Fury, all the things he can do in the ring. He showed me he can go get you now and he can box and pot shot and move. So I’m going to go with [Fury]. Joshua can punch, Joshua’s a banger,” Atlas said. “He gets into position, but he’s going to have to get into that position. Because Fury is more versatile, Fury has more say because he can do more things.
“He can control the outside if he wants and not make it so easy for Joshua to get into his geography so to speak, which I like to talk about. But, it’s going to be a humongous fight,” Atlas concluded.
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