Veteran coach Teddy Atlas has a newfound respect for former heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
Final weekend on the T-Cellular Enviornment in Las Vegas, Wilder was knocked out within the eleventh spherical of his trilogy combat with WBC world champion Tyson Fury.
Atlas was by no means overly impressed with Wilder’s file – even with the spectacular run the place he knocked out each opponent that he ever confronted outdoors of Fury.
However Atlas now views Wilder in a brand new gentle.
Wilder was knocked down onerous within the third spherical and the top seemed to be close to. However, Wilder got here proper again to attain two knockdowns of his personal within the following spherical.
In a present of braveness, Wilder absorbed quite a lot of large pictures because the combat performed out. He was dropped within the tenth, after which within the eleventh, with the combat being waved off upon the third knockdown.
“Wilder fought a bunch of hand-picked guys. I imply, who did he beat,” Atlas advised Submission Radio. “Apart from [Luis] Ortiz who was 40 years outdated? Who did he beat?
“It was like, they lined up a bunch of bowling pins in a bowling alley and he knocked them over. He fights his… first actual combat, possibly, you could possibly argue and it is with [Tyson] Fury and lots of people thought he misplaced. He will get a draw after which he fights the rematch after which he will get run over.
“The followers noticed one thing in shedding… however it was one thing magnificent. It was one thing stunning. It was one thing wonderful. It was one thing noble. It was a person preventing for his id, a person preventing for his life, for his proper to dwell his life feeling like a champion, behaving like a champion.
“That is what [Deontay Wilder] did that night time and that is why the followers now respect him in an entire completely different means, regardless that he misplaced.”
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