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But can he fight?: Teddy Atlas scores YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul | Boxing

T.While many mock YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul’s boxing ambitions before fighting former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva on Saturday, he remains one of the sport’s most famous trainers. is not one of them.

Teddy Atlas, a Staten Island-born coach who has trained champions such as Mike Tyson, Michael Moorer, Barry McGuigan and Alexander Povetkin, says Paul respects what he calls the “fundamentals” of boxing. rice field.

“He knows he needs basic respect, an understanding of distance and range, and you can see he embraces these basics. , I give him credit,” Atlas told The Guardian in a flat-nosed brogue.

“He’s raw. He’s definitely green around his gills. But hey, he can punch. If he hits you, he can get your attention.”

Attracting attention is a skill that Paul delivers with such a pound-for-pound qualification, something he’s rare in fighting games. That is, a beginner with the highest drawing status.

The 25-year-old influencer has more than 40 million followers on Instagram and YouTube alone, and his claims to have achieved 3 million PPV career sales to date are well ahead of rivals such as Floyd Mayweather Jr. Although it has been disputed by promoters, Paul’s boxer clout was enough to earn him multiple awards. Streaming on his platform in 2021, he signs a deal with Showtime.

For a fighter who had only fought professionally three times before, this is some accomplishment. A factor that Atlas feels shouldn’t be overlooked when evaluating Paul’s form is certainly not many boxers so early in their careers who have fought in front of so many eyeballs.

“I think it speaks to his character, his temperament, his background.” He wants to be an entertainer. That’s a big plus. I don’t think people are any closer to understanding its importance.

“I was asked what good inside fighter Only once by a reporter,” Atlas said in an explanation. (An inside fighter is a fighter who uses short punches rather than long jabs and stays close to the opponent he attacks).

“Yeah, you gotta keep your hands in a good offensive position. Roll your shoulders. Don’t get tied up. Create those little six-inch spaces for a one-two punch. Move your legs back, Gives you a little room when you choke.Get a feel for yourself.Don’t lean over to catch an uppercut.But this is without the most important thing, totally time It’s a waste of money,” Atlas said with a laugh.

“surely I want Become an inside fighter! That’s what I want to say about Jake Paul.you really have to want to be a fighter [to perform in front of big audiences] And he does.

Paul’s first fight with America’s big fight streamer won points over former UFC welterweight champion Tyrone Woodley.

If that name rings a bell, it’s because Tommy is the half-brother of Tyson, the current WBC Heavyweight World Champion.

However, when Fury broke his ribs during the build-up, a rematch with Woodley was hastily called, and it was in this fight that Paul secured a dramatic sixth-round knockout with the club’s right overhand.

This punch, no doubt aided by viral consumption across social media, was voted ESPN Ringside’s “Knockout of the Year” by the popular vote, and was an epic trilogy match between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder. broke the stop at.

“One of the things I noticed was about the second Woodley fight,” Atlas said of the award-winning punch. “Does that mean that Paul was calming down in an unsettling environment?”

“When I’m restless [in the ring] It’s a graffiti idea board. Everything is everywhere. When you are calm, you can see certain shapes. And I realize that he has reached a place where he can see these forms, where he can think clearly and execute a shot.

“Everyone says he was a right-hand man in Atlanta.” [that KO’ed Woodley, but that wasn’t what impressed me so much, it was the delivery system for the punch that he’d figured out would work. And that’s what struck me.

“With Woodley he bent down low, hit him in the body and [only] Then he threw high. He knew that it would set Woodley upright because he thought the danger was down and Paul would come up with his right hand. And he did. And nobody really talked about it.

“We’re not building more than we should be building. Paul is someone who’s still very early in development. And don’t fool yourself into thinking you’re more ready than you are. Please, but he’s making progress.”

An improvement that has proven difficult for Paul to show off since Woodley won.

Jake Paul and Anderson Silva pose together at a press conference ahead of Saturday night’s game in Glendale, Arizona. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

For his next fight, he booked Madison Square Garden. [Tommy] Anger could eventually arise, only for the British to withdraw again, this time citing US visa problems.

Heavyweight Hashim Rahman Jr. was drafted to replace him, but when the 31-year-old from Baltimore also withdrew in July due to “weight issues,” the Garden was canceled and Paul took to his social media accounts. I was forced to vent my frustrations on the channel. on the ring canvas.

Saturday’s fight would be a welcome return to action for Paul when he stepped into the ring in Glendale, Arizona. Against 47-year-old Anderson Silva mixed martial arts Brazilian legend.

For some critics, taking on yet another fighter who has built his credentials in combat other than “sweet science” is the latest way to undermine Paul’s claims of being a serious provider of the boxing arts. I’m sorry.

But for Atlas, he’s a trainer of about 20 fighters and a disciple of the late great Cus D’Amato. He’s the man who shaped teenage Mike Tyson’s ferocious peek-a-boo his fighting style and unified his belts twice at the heavyweight division. – The art of choosing an opponent is as much part of the game as sliding the jab.

“He picks his spots and uses his brain. yeah i give him the credit it speaks to his intelligence you know floyd [Mayweather Jr] Pick his spots pretty good too, just look at his career. ”

Silva’s bout experience is mostly MMA, with a total of 34 wins in a 45-fight octagon career, but the southpaw, known as “The Spider”, made his professional boxing debut in 1998.

He lost his debut, but in his second fight, despite being a heavy underdog, Silva defeated Julio, the greatest middleweight in Mexican history, in an eight-round split decision in Guadalajara, Mexico. Defeated Cesar Chavez Jr.

Chavez Jr. was a former WBC middleweight champion and a veteran of 52 wins in 59 fights, although he fell short of his father’s record.

Next, the 6-foot-3-inch Silva defeated American debutant Tito Ortiz by knockout at Hollywood’s Hard Rock Hotel.

When asked how he would set up Silva’s tactics to counter Paul, Atlas was spot on.

“I would probably start with the simplest thing in the world, and probably no one would even say this, but I would say: ‘Move right.’

“If [Paul’s] Gonna beat you, he beats you with his best, right? So stay away from it. Stay away from his right hand. That’s the first thing.

“And I think the most obvious thing for me is to play with his inexperience. See if you can annoy them. Every time you miss, Silva should come back and touch him with a couple of punches.

“He is not yet Rembrandt. [Paul’s] I’m still painting with numbers.So don’t paint with numbers [as his opponent]Stay away from him. Ankle, please? That’s what I call it in my business. Tell me the angle instead of painting by numbers.

For Paul, Atlas saw another path to victory.

“Remember, it’s like eating this steak, cooked on the outside, but very raw on the inside, not ready to serve.

“So he needs to lead his jab. Develop it in a responsible way. Give Silva a little bit, break his strikes and rhythm. And I say: [Paul should] Pay attention to the body and go to Silva’s body. Usually, if you have a guy who uses his legs a little bit, who is more experienced in boxing than you are, you want to take away some of that guy’s mobility.

“Paul has real physique and he packs a big punch. And that’s a good thing. But that ability is like a car’s engine. You hit the wall, so it’s all about keeping your balance, judging your distance, and leading with your jab.”

Paul’s willingness to prove himself to be a professional boxer worthy of widespread respect seems well-deserved, and whether Saturday’s fight with Silva proves to be capable of exceeding expectations will depend on his performance in Arizona. Determined by actions.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/oct/29/jake-paul-anderson-silva-fight-teddy-atlas But can he fight?: Teddy Atlas scores YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul | Boxing

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