Teddy Atlas believes Anthony Joshua could be dragged into a dark place again
The legendary trainer believes
Fury and Joshua are set to collide in the summer for all the heavyweight titles
Atlas is backing Fury to win the £200m showdown because he has more skills
That is according to legendary trainer Teddy Atlas, who feels Fury could expose Joshua similarly to how Andy Ruiz Jr did in the sole defeat of his professional career.
The unified champion is set to fight British rival Fury later this summer after the pair finally signed off on the first of their two heavyweight blockbusters last week.
Teddy Atlas is backing Tyson Fury to defeat Anthony Joshua in their £200m heavyweight fight +7
Teddy Atlas is backing Tyson Fury to defeat Anthony Joshua in their £200m heavyweight fight
Atlas believes Joshua could have ‘another blackout’ like he did when he lost to Andy Ruiz Jr
Atlas, who helped train Mike Tyson during the early days of his career, is backing Fury to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in the early 2000s because he has ‘a better chin’ and ‘can do more things’ than Joshua.
Speaking on The Fight with Teddy Atlas podcast, the 64-year-old said: ‘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. 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.
‘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.’
The Hall-of-Fame coach added: ‘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. 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.