Teddy Atlas thinks Dillian Whyte wasn’t prepared for his bout against Tyson Fury.
Whyte was looking to become the heavyweight champ as he fought Fury which was set to be ‘The Gypsy King’s’ final fight of his career. Whyte has vowed to prove the doubters wrong but he didn’t do that as he suffered a KO loss. For Atlas, he says he left disappointed in Whyte and his corner as he thought they weren’t prepared for the fight.
“Sometimes heavyweight title fights are overhyped, even the ones that sell out 94,000 seats at Wembley The knockout saved it, the first thing I’d say is, as well prepared as Fury was and how he wound up looking, that’s how bad Dillian Whyte was, instead of talking about the push, what he should talk about is his lack of preparation for the style he’s facing. His corner, everyone who got paid, everybody who has a responsibility, everybody who’s part of that effort, they did a lousy job,” Atlas stated on his podcast (via BoxingScene). “You got to use the jab when you got a guy dominating you with his jab. As Mike Tyson did with taller guys that had a longer jab, he moved his head and got inside of the longer jab and he out jabbed him with his jab, but you gotta be taught that stuff.
“He needed to use his jab to nullify the other guy, if not nullify it then at least keep it under control to at least keep Fury honest. He didn’t need to have a better jab, but he had to have a semblance of a jab to at least keep Fury from doing what he did, controlling the outside of the ring,” Atlas continued. “[Fury] gets him up high, looking at the jab and getting his eyes fixated on that level, then he comes from below. It’s the first uppercut he threw all night. He had the discipline all night to wait until the right moment. In the sixth round after all the time went by, he chooses to come from below when his eyes were unable to adjust to the punch coming from down there. He never saw it coming which made it so impactful.”
Although Atlas thinks Whyte and his corner weren’t prepared the former interim champ had said he was prepared and hopes he can rematch Fury.
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