Following Joe Joyce’s knockout win over former WBO heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker, legendary coach and commentator Teddy Atlas has predicted that he will also spark fellow Brit Anthony Joshua, if both passed.
On his podcast, THE WAR with Teddy Atlasformer two-time heavyweight challenger Alexander Povetkin, says he often talks about how each match could go, but in this case can only see one outcome. .
“If you [Joshua] fight [Joe] Joyce, he’s being knocked out. “
“This man, Joyce, is too big, too strong, and too tough for Joshua and too hungry right at this point in his life for Joshua.
He is [Joshua] did great things, but he wasn’t hungry. Like the great Marvin Hagler would say, he’s probably sleeping in silks too much now. It’s hard to sleep in silks and still have to wake up at 5 a.m., go make ropes and then go to the ring with another man who’s trying to destroy you.”
Despite the decisive prediction, Atlas reassured Anthony Joshua fans that they need not worry about their man being taken down by ‘Juggernaut’ Joyce, as he sees no fight happening.
“You will never have to worry about it, my dear friends there [in the U.K.]because Joshua will never be in the ring with him [Joyce]. It wasn’t a knock on him [Joshua]he is a smart guy. “
“Joshua knows his limitations now, so he won’t go into it with Joyce.”
Joyce was clearly appreciated by Atlas, who went on to make comparisons between the 36-year-old boxing legend and “Big George” ForemanThat’s a compliment from a highly respected person in the boxing industry.
The next step for Joyce was a precarious one, with belts seemingly tied and any fight putting his #1 WBO rating at risk, however he quickly became a fan favorite and it won’t be long before he makes his claim for a shot world title.