MMA – Teddy Atlas believes Kamaru Usman lacks the pugilistic qualities to compete with top boxers.
Boxing legend Teddy Atlas continues to review martial arts news. After praising Ciryl Gane, the famous commentator and trainer brought up the case of MMA athletes who want to try their hand at boxing. Since the match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, more and more residents of the UFC are showing interest in a freelance boxing. The latest is current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. The Nigerian is in his fifth title defense and wants more exciting new challenges, including a game against Canelo Alvarez.
If Atlas congratulates McGregor on his performance against Mayweather, he is however much less enthusiastic about Usman. According to him, the champion has no chance against a leading boxer. Here’s what he said during his interview with The Schmo:
“To McGregor’s credit, he was ahead. You’re probably going to choke on the pecan pie you’re eating, but he was in the lead after four rounds. […] And there’s a reason for that: he was using his reach. “
“He’s a southpaw, he has long arms and he’s a blocker. He stayed on the outside using his reach, using his jab. After four rounds, he was in the lead. But then Mayweather did what he had to do in his kingdom to break it down, and he got it. But what I mean is that styles make matches. “
“(Usman) has a good physique, he’s very strong. He’s a good puncher and he’s not a bad striker. But I think his strengths lie on the mat, with his knowledge and his physique. If you put him in a match with a B level guy or even a good journeyman, no. I don’t want to upset the fans, but as long as the rules are strictly boxing, he won’t be able to be very successful there. “
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