Anthony Joshua Still A Cash-Cow Despite the Recent Losses Says Teddy Atlas
Anthony Joshua has reportedly agreed to fight Tyson Fury in what promises to be one of the greatest heavyweight clashes in the history of British boxing.
The All-Britain clash dream, Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury, is nearing its realization as the two goliaths have agreed on personal terms but an official announcement is yet to be made. Fury’s promoter, Frank Warren, was the first to initiate the process as he made an offer to Joshua for a fight in November in the UK, outlining a 60-40 split purse in the favor of the Gypsy King.
Joshua has consciously agreed on monetary values but wants more time for the preparation as he has suggested December 17th as a potential date for this monumental duel. There is no formal confirmation yet to be made by both camps but sources tell us that it’s pretty much on the cards.
Teddy Atlas, legendary boxing trainer and now the fight commentator, has applauded the cunningness of Fury for going after Joshua’s bout instead of Oleksander Usyk. Atlas feels like Fury is in for another big paycheck if he fights Joshua, even bigger than what he would have bagged for fighting the Ukrainian heavyweight.
“The challenge that Fury made to Joshua, there used to be a saying where ‘to the victor goes the spoils.’ In this case, the guy that comes in second goes the spoils,” said Teddy Atlas on The Fight.
“Usyk is not available right now, so it’s a good business decision on Fury’s part. You got to the guy that maybe he doesn’t think that could be an easy fight, but to the guy [Joshua] that can bring the most money.”
Atlas argued that despite Joshua’s recent drip in the form, he still holds a major place in the hearts of the British boxing fans and it’s very wise on Fury’s part that he is going for a multi-million pound fight at this stage of his career when he has achieved everything that the sport has to offer.
“I really believe Joshua has always been overrated, but what matters in the business of this sport and the business of anything is who can bring in the most money.”
He continued, “He can bring in the most money because people in England, they love his manners, they love his size, they love that he represents them,” Atlas added.
It’s all happening out there. The matchmakers have got a job on their hands. The fans have already chosen their sides. Only the trumpets are to be blown now. Bring it on!