Veteran trainer Teddy Atlas is backing WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury to defeat his WBO, WBA, IBF, IBO counterpart, Anthony Joshua.
And, Atlas believes Fury can win the fight by knockout.
Fury and Joshua have both signed on for a two-fight series, with the first contest to take place on a date in June or July.
Joshua has bounced back after suffering his first career defeat in June 2019, when he was stopped by Andy Ruiz in seven rounds.
The British star outboxed Ruiz in their December 2019 rematch and then knocked out Kubrat Pulev a year later in a mandatory defense.
Atlas expects Fury to take Joshua back to the “dark place” of his first career defeat.
“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,” Atlas stated on The Fight podcast.
“I’m not gonna say he has a China chin, I’m not gonna say that. But, I’m gonna say Fury has a better chin. And I’m gonna 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.
“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.”