Anthony Joshua Reveals Why He Did Not Change Trainer After Losing to Andy Ruiz Jr

Published 12/03/2020, 4:05 AM EST


Anthony Joshua is set to clash against Kubrat Pulev on December 12. The Britisher will defend his IBO, IBF, WBA, and WBO Heavyweight titles against the Bulgarian. Joshua is 23-1 in his pro-Boxing career and will enter the boxing ring to seek his 24th win.

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Ahead of his first fight in almost a year, ‘AJ’ chatted with Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports. He detailed his upcoming battle with Pulev and explained why he did not change his coach after a disheartening loss to Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019.

Right after his TKO loss to Ruiz fans and combat sports personalities felt, ‘AJ’ needed to change his coach and fighting style. Kevin Iole asked Joshua about the heat he felt after he elected to continue with Robert McCracken as his head coach.

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‘AJ’ said, “Yeah, definitely. The outside pressure was a lot. And if it went wrong, it’s like, there’s a million and one excuses, you should have changed Rob, you know this. Well, I believe in loyalty. A new trainer would know how to improve me technically to a certain degree, but they don’t know how to get the most out of me.

He continued, “You don’t know the psychological battles that the person’s facing and what makes them tick, what makes them angry. And that’s been built up with me and Robert over a long period of time. So there’s a sense of loyalty, the training facilities, all that type of stuff.”

‘AJ’ stunned his fans as he continued with Robert for his must-win rematch with Ruiz. He dominated Ruiz Jr and regained his world titles.

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Anthony Joshua or Kubrat Pulev, who wins this electrifying battle?

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Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev is one of the highly competitive and charismatic boxing bouts to conclude the year. Pulev, with 29 bouts, is slightly more experienced than the champion. The Bulgarian can turn out to be Joshua’s toughest challenge yet.

However, ‘AJ’ will move into this fight as a favorite. He has exhibited daunting knockout power. Out of his 23 wins, ‘AJ’ has finished 21 of his opponents to register a mighty 87.5% knockout ratio. He will look to maintain this streak and carry his belts into 2021.

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Joshua can be sure that the world will be watching with bated breath to see if he can set up a massive fight against Tyson Fury. Who are you rooting for in this battle?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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