During his sit-down interview with Sky Sports, former unified world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, continued to call out the “shallow” and “small” minded people who are calling for him to replace his longtime trainer Rob McCracken following his June 1st loss to Andy Ruiz Jr.
“Whoever said that is a clown. Part ways with McCracken? No way. These people don’t understand loyalty,” Joshua said on AJ: The Untold Truth. “These people aren’t cut from the same cloth if that’s what they are suggesting.
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“Whoever has that mindset should not bother talking to me, if they have that mindset.”
“How could they say that? I’ve worked with two people in boxing – Sean Murphy, my trainer [at Finchley amateur gym]. Then a year-and-a-half later I was up to Sheffield training with Rob McCracken,” Joshua said of his journey to two gold medals and the unified world title.
“They have built me, aside from boxing, as the man I am today. A father, a family man, a businessman who understands the responsibility of being a young African-British kid. They built that in me.”
“You can’t take that away,” the former champion said of his bond and lessons learned with McCracken. “You can take the belts away – they will be gone when I retire. The man that they built? You can’t take that away… The man that will help to inspire my kids and other kids? You can’t take that away.”
“I should never get rid of those types of people. Because I lost the belts, I should get rid of the people that built me? No way.”
“Mike Tyson could have lost to anyone but you can’t get rid of [his trainer] Cus D’Amato, Joshua said of Tyson’s close relationship with his trainer/foster father. “People do not truly understand what these people mean to your life.”
Report: Sky Sports