Teddy Atlas Takes Aim At Freddie Roach

There’s been, for a good while, a little something between Freddie Roach and Teddy Atlas.

Lil tension..lil edge.

In 2015 and 2016, they went back and forth in the media, when, if you recall, Teddy was saddling up and riding with Tim Bradley, rival to Manny Pacquiao.

The beef maybe got re-instated with Atlas’ comments Friday on the Randy Gordon and Gerry Cooney Sirius show. Producer Josh Friedman alerted me to the comments made by Atlas, who will enter the Hall of Fame in June, for the record. Roach this week busted on the work of Ben Davison, head trainer to Tyson Fury in the Dec. 1 faceoff between Fury and Deontay Wilder. Fury worked out at Wild Card and brought Roach in as a second in command in the cormer.

“I would think the opposite to be quite frank,” said Atlas on the radio. “I thought they did a good job training Fury. I thought he was the more clever fighter in the ring; the technically better fighter in the ring. Obviously not the better puncher but for a guy of his size to be able to be as fleet as he is for his size, and also as elusive and knowing as he was to how to get away from that big right hand. To the credit of Fury and his team, they were able to get away from those bombs. He was able to show the better defensive skills, obviously, than Wilder. The better technique all night long. I don’t understand where those comments come from. I guess [Freddie] understands where they come from but for me, I don’t understand it. I would actually be the opposite – I’d be more inclined to give compliments to the people involved with the training of Fury and say ‘Hey, you guys taught a big guy what he needed to know to have a chance to win that fight.’”

So Teddy thinks Atlas’ critique of the head trainer was out of bounds? “At the very least, it’s not too loyal. Not the nicest comments. Ben Davison was the guy who would have had to reach out, or someone in the camp. And Ben Davison I would assume would have to sign off on it. I’m assuming Ben Davison reached out to Roach and asked him to work the corner, and that’s the way that he gets thanked? That’s not a good ‘thank you.’ From a personal standpoint just as a human being, I wouldn’t think that those are the right comments. The guy brings you into camp, he trusts you, he pays you, we’re assuming he got paid, and he makes you part of the team. There’s a trust there. There’s a union there. You take that responsibility to be part of that union, part of that team, then you go and betray that trust by making comments like that afterward? Why would you do that? Why would you do that? As a decent human being, I would have to question why somebody would do that.”

For the record, Gerry Cooney concurred.

What say you?

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