AJ Refuses To Fire McCracken, But Adds To Team
After his shocking TKO loss to Andy Ruiz Jr, many in boxing circles believed that Anthony Joshua needed to move on from his longtime trainer Rob McCracken.
Joshua, who has had McCracken as his trainer for nearly his entire journey as a boxer, refused to entertain the idea, instead will look to add to his team and not subtract.
“Rob McCracken is more to me than just a trainer,” Joshua told Sky Sports’ Adam Smith during an interview on Tuesday.
“Rob McCracken is like a man who’s helped me as a person. And I feel like he’s really gonna take me on to be a better person in life. And as a trainer, he’s taken me from a novice, to the Olympics, to world champion. And I feel like there’s options. One, keep it as it is. Two, add to what we already have. Or three, get rid of Rob and completely change. And I think number three’s silly. Number one, we’re already doing it now. Number two, to add to what we have, I feel like it can only make us a better and stronger team.”
“Rob tells me what he wants,” Joshua said of their training relationship. “As well, I tell him what I want. We’re still open. You know, I’ve gotta reach out to George Foreman, still. He’s made it vocal that he wants to help, and all help right now is needed. I need to be around as much boxing people as possible, because right now I need to soak in the experience and knowledge, gotta watch the documentaries and just soak in the boxing environment again and get that passion back, and realize that I’m not interested in this fight or that fight. The only fighter I’m interested in right now is Ruiz, and beating him good, so I can get those belts back.”
Quotes Transcribed by Boxing Scene