Anthony Joshua’s trainer Rob McCracken admits he KNEW the British heavyweight was CONCUSSED midway through Andy Ruiz Jnr defeat
Anthony Joshua’s trainer confesses he knew the British fighter was concussed in round three of his defeat to Andy Ruiz Jnr in New York.
Rob McCracken made the startling admission as he prepares to make amends for Joshua’s only ever professional defeat when the two fighters meet again in the ring for a rematch in Saudi Arabia in December.
Joshua was sent to the canvas in the third round by unfancied Mexican Ruiz Jnr and McCracken said he just wanted to ‘get him through a few more rounds’ despite being aware his fighter was concussed.
‘I know him better than all these experts who virtually don’t know him or have met him once or twice so I knew he was concussed and I’m trying to get him through a few more rounds, one round at a time, and see where he’s at,’ McCracken told the BBC’s 5Live boxing podcast.
”Can he recover? Can he get back into this? But he was glazy-eyed from when he got caught with that initial shot in round three and he carried that with him up until the end.
‘I’ve worked with him for nine years and I knew he wasn’t quite where he needed to be. He was asking me why he was feeling this way and stuff.’
More to follow.
Questions were raised about Joshua’s preparation following his shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jnr