McCracken Blocks Out Noise En-Route To AJ-Ruiz II

When Anthony Joshua fell for the first time in his career, the man who guided him to the unified world heavyweight title was the man being given Lion’s share of the blame.

Robert McCracken expected the criticism following the loss but refused it to let it deter their plan.

“It was very predictable, unfortunately,” McCracken said. “Where he has been successful and earned a lot of money, people will look to blame anybody and, in some cases, blame me, but I’m not really bothered.

“I keep the pro boxing world at arm’s length. It is a business and it is money-based, so they can jump on an interview and criticize anybody.”

“Every weekend fighters win and lose. It’s a fight and things happen,” the trainer said. “You have seen all the great fighters get beaten. I think it was going to be predictable in the UK that you were going to get that from a small number of people – ‘blame the coach’. Maybe they might get an opportunity.”

“People have rewritten history,” McCracken said of Joshua and Ruiz’s first fight inside Madison Square Garden. “They forget that Ruiz was down and in a vulnerable position and Josh went in to finish him.

“[After Joshua knocked down Ruiz] I was shouting at him to take his time, break him down, but he didn’t look at the corner. He was fixated on Ruiz and he has rushed in. I take nothing away from Ruiz, he is a good fighter, he is dangerous, and he landed a big hook and Josh didn’t recover from it.”

“All you hear is ‘he should have been told to do this, he should have been told to do that’, but he just didn’t recover from it,” McCracken continued.

“In those cases, 99 percent of times the fighter gets knocked out. He was able to get back up and get through a bit of it, but he was never back in the game, it was always difficult. You are trying to get him through each round and just do enough to keep him in there, but he wasn’t back in the fight.”

Report: Boxing Scene

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