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Atlas Praises Joshua For Bouncing Back, Expects Him To Beat Pulev

Veteran trainer and Hall of Famer Teddy Atlas has praised the rematch efforts of IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.

Back in June 2019, Joshua was dropped four times and stopped in the seventh round by huge underdog, Andy Ruiz.

But in the December rematch, Joshua got revenge when he fought smart by staying at a distance to easily outbox Ruiz over the twelve round limit.

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Atlas was very impressed with Joshua's ability to reinvent himself, and how he broke away from the boxer who only came forward and threw big power shot combinations while hunting for a knockout victory.

"A lot of people thought Joshua was the best, but then he gets knocked out by Ruiz Jr, but then he reinvent himself, which is not an easy trick," Atlas explained on his podcast. 

"Joshua remade himself, he was a guy that was in front of you, he used his physicality, big guy, sculptured body like an Adonis. He'll look to counter and lead, he's an Olympic gold-medallist, he had a little dimension to him.

"But for the most part, he was taking the fight to you. He then gets knocked out by Ruiz Jr, reinvents himself and he becomes a poor man's version of Muhammad Ali. And I'm not knocking him, because everyone is a poor man's version of Muhammad Ali. He did a real good job by doing what he had to do to beat Ruiz Jr in the second fight, to play into Ruiz Jr's weaknesses. In his next fight with a new style, will it be a combination of his new and old style? That's interesting."

Joshua is scheduled to fight mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev on June 20 or July 25.

Atlas is not giving Pulev much of a shot to win that contest.

"Pulev had a big amateur career but he's not a spring chicken, he's 38, very close to 40. Things change at 40. You got Pulev who's been a little bit of a disappointment, he was a good amateur, he's from Bulgaria, but he's not quite what they thought he would be," Atlas said.

"He got knocked out by Wladimir Klitschko back in 2014, he's won all his fights since but not at that level."

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Comment by The D3vil on 04-01-2020

[QUOTE=Monty Fisto;20490528]1. If Mike Tyson had rematched Buster Douglas and won a one-sided victory, would this have been a better or a worse result for Tyson's career/legacy? 2. Adopting a strategy that plays to your opponents weaknesses is inarguably the…

Comment by Bunch Pag on 04-01-2020

I would say "here's another hand picked fighter" to keep the cash cow milking away but we all know what happened last time.....

Comment by Apollo7 on 04-01-2020

A lot of people said Joshua shouldn't take an immediate rematch, that he would lose an immediate rematch. He took it and he won. You have to give him credit for that. In the rematch he did the obvious thing…

Comment by Zelda on 04-01-2020

I have said this before...Atlas is just being an attention whore at this time. Ruiz Jr. better stays away from him.

Comment by Monty Fisto on 03-31-2020

[QUOTE=The D3vil;20490355]I might agree if he was fighting a guy like Luis Ortiz, Dillian Whyte, Joseph Parker, etc. . ., but Andy Ruiz was a self-destructive, morbidly obese, waste in the rematch. I'd be like if Tyson fought the morbidly…

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