Anthony Joshua is set to reunite with trainer Rob McCracken later this week, just a month-and-a-half away from his heavyweight title showdown with Oleksandr Usyk.
Despite AJ’s tremendous success as a professional boxer, McCracken has continued to split his time as Team GB’s boxing performance director and Joshua’s head coach. For the past few weeks, McCracken has been based in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games, leaving AJ without a head coach ahead of perhaps the toughest bout of his career so far.
The decision proved to be a successful one for McCracken however, who oversaw an outstanding showing from Team GB’s boxers.
Great Britain finished second in the boxing medal tally, only losing out to Cuba, and picked up 2 gold medals, 2 silvers and 2 bronzes.
Gold medals were won by Galal Yafai and Lauren Price, while Pat McCormack and Ben Whittaker picked up Team GB’s silver medals.
Frazer Clarke and Karriss Artingstall were Great Britain’s bronze medallists.
In a recent interview with Sky Sports, McCracken, who is still in Tokyo, explained that his full focus is now on Joshua’s preparation and ensuring “he can put on a great performance” against Usyk.
“I’ll get back and there will still be seven weeks [before his fight], which is a long time in a 36-minute fight. He’s in the position he needs to be in.
“We’ll get back, me and the team, the others [at Tokyo 2020] who work with AJ, so we can put the work together, get the sparring right, get the prep right.
“So he can put on a great performance in his next heavyweight title fight.”
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