Anthony Joshua could possibly be with out Rob McCracken for future fights with long-term coach eager to proceed Olympics function
ROB McCRACKEN bolstered his standing as one in all British sport’s best coaches in Tokyo – however he has NO intention of leaving the newbie ranks behind.
The 53-year-old former middleweight headed again from Japan to hyperlink up with Anthony Joshua forward of his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight defence in opposition to Oleksandr Usyk.
Rob McCracken has guided Joshua from newbie star to skilled heavyweight champCredit: PA:Press Affiliation
However whereas the paid ranks are McCracken’s bread and butter, the six medal haul for the 2020 Video games has solely honed his want for extra of the identical in Paris.
McCracken mentioned: “Olympic boxing is like being on a rollercoaster earlier than and after each contest – it’s dangerous to your well being.
“However I get pleasure from working with the workforce, the boxers are large. It’s a privileged place and an exquisite factor to be part of.
“The coaches, boxers, the employees at GB are one thing else. I’ll do what I can and I’ll be there for GB. I’m comfortable to remain in my function till somebody boots me out.
“After I first got here in method again in 2009, I used to be taking a look at London and pondering: ‘How will we do? Can we put groups collectively? Can get some medals in London at a house Video games?
“Three Olympics later, we aren’t over but, the Olympics are nonetheless happening.
“I’m right here so long as GB needs me. It’s an exquisite factor to be part of.
It’s a massively difficult place and one up till now I’ve coped with and loved.”
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McCracken insisted the stellar efficiency of the workforce in Tokyo was no fluke and “a very long time coming”.
He added: “The uncertainty over the past 15 months has been troublesome, for everybody.
“However the expertise was at all times on this workforce.
“Frazer Clarke was right here 12 years, Pat McCormack eight years, Ben Whittaker six years, Lauren Worth 5 years.
“In the event that they’re gifted and also you’ve bought time to work with them, the boxers can obtain nice issues, which is what they’ve finished in Tokyo.”
McCracken by no means stands nonetheless. So subsequent it’s again to Sheffield earlier than ultimate preparations for Joshua’s September 25 showdown on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
He mentioned: “AJ is massively skilled now.
“There are seven weeks from after I get again to the Usyk combat.
“So, he will likely be in an ideal place. Preparation will likely be spot on.
Coaching over the subsequent 5 weeks will be good. Every part has labored very well.”
McCracken needs to proceed heading up Workforce GB newbie boxingCredit: Getty
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