Anthony Joshua has revealed he will add to his coaching team for his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr. but will retain Rob McCracken as his trainer. Joshua was knocked down four times by Ruiz before the bout was stopped in the seventh round as he lost his heavyweight world titles in June.
Some British boxers including Amir Khan, have advised Joshua to leave his long-time trainer McCracken ahead of his rematch with Ruiz.
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But Joshua revealed he has no plans to change his head coach, but add more men to his coaching crew ahead of the fight.
“Rob McCracken is more to me than just a trainer,” he told Sky Sports.
“Rob McCracken is like a man who’s helped me as a person and I feel like he’s really going to take me on to be a better person in life.
“As a trainer, he’s taken me from a novice, to the Olympics, to world champion.
“I feel like there’s options; one, keep it as it is; two, add to what we already have; or three, get rid of Rob and completely change.
“I think number three’s silly. Number one, we’re already doing it now [and] number two, to add to what we have, I feel like it can only make us a better and stronger team.”
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Joshua and Ruiz are still negotiating a date and venue for their rematch with the Nigerian-born British fighter favouring Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.
But Ruiz has revealed he will not travel to the UK with Saudi Arabia emerging as a possible option.
Joshua said: “I went there [New York] off my own back so for the rematch I would love it to be in Cardiff but it’s going to be on neutral ground; Ruiz is the champ so he will make some calls as well.
“In the Olympics I tried to block out the energy in the room but it was the worst thing because I was fighting a battle I couldn’t win.
“Walking out in Cardiff in front of 90,000 people screaming and rooting for you, that type of energy that goes through your body is unstoppable.”