Trainer Teddy Atlas is really looking to test his new fighter WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley for him to start showing some real toughness in his fights from now on with him training him. Atlas isn’t talking the kind of toughness that you get from battling a fighter in a toe-to-toe manner.
No, Atlas is talking about Bradley challenging himself to fight with discipline by staying on the outside and not looking to mix it up with his opponents like he’s done in the past in fights against Ruslan Provodnikov and Manny Pacquiao. Atlas wants Bradley to stay on the outside and find a way to win without battling in the trenches and getting his feet wet against his opponents.
In other words, Atlas wants Bradley to resist what he’s been in the past by avoiding going to war with his opposition.
“Are you tough enough to make this change?” Atlas said to RingTV.com about what he said to Bradley in challenging him to be mentally tough. “Are you tough enough to resist going in there and pleasing yourself and of course the fans at the same time by showing that you’re a fighter? Are you tough enough to say, ‘No – I will not show I have to show that in order to be successful?’ Are you tough enough to do that? Are you tough enough to stay outside and not take the bait and not go into the trenches and yet find a way to control things and win in a different way? Are you tough enough to do that?”
Atlas might need to really get in Bradley’s face during his next fight with former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios on November 7th to talk some sense into him because Bradley will very likely find himself fighting in his usual all-out style before long in that fight.