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Not exactly a shocking turn of events when a fighter dumps a trainer but I thought Bradley and Diaz were pretty tight. Judging from Bradley's interviews, it appears that he felt he needed that extra *oomph* and has now looked to Teddy Atlas. I think Atlas is a great analyst, arguably the best, but his record of training fighters hasn't been stellar when compared to other notables in the game today...aside from being the early trainer for Tyson, his reclamation projects haven't exactly turned out a murderer's row of fighters...Michael Grant comes to mind...most of his fighters seem to regress under his tutelage. As an example,  I always thought that Michael Moorer's first victory over Evander Holyfield was more of a case of Holyfield's slump at the time as opposed to Atlas prodding Moorer along...A more recent example is Alexander Povetkin who has looked as if he has improved after moving on from the ESPN commentator...Probably the most classic example of an Atlas trained fighter is Tyrone "The Harlem Butcher" Jackson, a power punching junior lightweight who got a title shot against then champion Tony "The Tiger" Lopez. Jackson choked, his body language throughout the whole fight suggesting someone who had no confidence.Will the same thing happen to Bradley under Atlas' tutelage? I don't think so but I don't think his fighting style lends itself to Atlas' cerebral approach. Bradley is most effective when he mixes brawling and boxing, using his legs as in his bout against Juan Manuel Marquez...I don't see how the Teddy Atlas approach is necessary against a fighter like Brandon Rios whose fighting style is nowhere as complex as a Marquez or Pacquiao. 

 

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