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“Are you kidding me?” – Teddy Atlas scoffs at ‘overrated’ Anthony Joshua’s claim about carrying the heavyweight division

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Anthony Joshua has received a scathing review from Teddy Atlas.’AJ’ returned to the ring earlier this month opposite short-notice replacement Robert Helenius. The former two-time champion was originally slated for a rematch with Dillian Whyte. However, after a failed drug test, ‘The Nordic Nightmare’ stepped up on a week’s notice.

While the Icelandic fighter attempted to put on a show, he eventually ran into a picture-perfect right hand. Helenius went down in the seventh, and Joshua had his first highlight-reel knockout win in years. To cap it off, he’s now expected to face Deontay Wilder in December, in a clash in Saudi Arabia.

Given all the recent news around him, Anthony Joshua recently opined that he was carrying the heavyweight division. While a nice win, that’s not something that Teddy Atlas would agree with. The legendary trainer discussed ‘AJ’ on a recent edition of his ‘The Fight’ podcast.

There, he slammed the comments, as well as Joshua’s resume. Atlas stated:

“Do you not see what I’ve been saying? He’s overrated, and it’s not personal… Who has he ever beaten to have been given the stature he has over there? Charles Martin? A 288-pound [Andy] Ruiz in the rematch after Ruiz knocked him out when he took the fight on two weeks notice? A cruiserweight beat him twice, I know, Usyk… [His comments] didn’t bother you a little bit? Really? Really you guys?”

“For him to say that his back was hurting him from carrying the heavyweight division – are you kidding me?”

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