Atlas: Joshua's Handlers Should Keep Him Away From Wilder

Veteran trainer and ESPN expert analyst, Teddy Atlas, believes IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) should wait a little while longer before facing WBC champion Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) in a full division unification.

Years ago, Atlas trained Alexander Povetkin of Russia and famously persuaded the Russian fighter to delay a mandatory fight with Wladimir Klitschko.

Povetkin eventually faced Klitschko in 2013, and survived several knockdowns to lose a twelve round decision. It's the only defeat on Povetkin's career.


Ironically, Povetkin is currently the WBA and WBO mandatory challenger to Joshua.

In the opinion of Atlas, Joshua can fighter several other boxers and make a lot of money - so he doesn't see the reasoning to place him in the ring with someone as dangerous as Wilder.

Joshua is arguably regarded as the biggest star in boxing - with record crowds attending his fights, like the crowd of 90,000 that packed Wembley last April when the British fighter stopped Klitschko.

"Wilder can do one thing. He can punch like a son of a gun! Why would you risk that if you can fight anybody? Joshua’s people should be arrested if they put him in there with him right now," Atlas told Sirius XM’s Boxing Radio Show.

"Right now, they can make money fighting other guys. Maybe a year, two years down the road the fight becomes a bigger fight. Then you go and take that risk."

The two sides are currently in talks, after Wilder's team made an offer of a guaranteed $50 million for a showdown in the United States.

It's still not clear if Joshua and his team will reach an agreement to stage that contest in the near future. Povetkin has already been named as the backup opponent. On the other side, Wilder will likely face the current WBC mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by uppercut510 on 05-21-2018

[quote=juggernaut666;18791210]parker got about 6 /8 million you just cant do basic math . You call yourself a boxing fan and are crying about money as usual and defending the guy that has a career highest payday of 2 million as…

Comment by juggernaut666 on 05-21-2018

[QUOTE=uppercut510;18790856]the solution was eddie offering wilder a percentage that way its no issues with it being in the uk. Parker got a percentage but wilder isnt worth one? Wilder should have accepted a flat fee that even boxing experts knew…

Comment by uppercut510 on 05-21-2018

[quote=juggernaut666;18790264]the simple solution was for wilder to accept the money he was offered in the first place , if not then negotiate it bc the fight would have already had a date but team wilder decided to shut all that…

Comment by juggernaut666 on 05-21-2018

[QUOTE=uppercut510;18787548]the simple solution is that they fight now, u just seem to want to argue, u are emotionally distraught mate, seek help... if they fight now without all these excuses that will end all the talk and useless back n…

Comment by JATExTHAxSNAKE on 05-20-2018

Gtfoh...your mother aint worth try fighting 40 trained fighters with one of them being me at 140lbs and I'd beat the **** outta you....need to stop with all the disrespect.. fukn 40-0 is worth something...i don't care who you…

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