“Change Trainer” – Twitter Slams Anthony Joshua Coach for Poor Advice

Published 09/28/2021, 11:37 AM EDT


Anthony Joshua lost his heavyweight throne to the former undisputed cruiserweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk on September 25.

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Many saw this as a one-sided fight and believed Oleksandr Usyk simply walked AJ down and dominated him throughout the 12 rounds. However, there were also some who believed there were glaring gaps between what AJ should have really done versus the direction his corner was leading him into.

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During the week leading up to fight night, Oleksandr Usyk remained low-key and displayed a different level of calm and composure in every interview. He walked into the ring like a man on a mission.

It seemed as if the Ukrainian champion had a blueprint set in his mind all along. His awkward southpaw movement, his surprisingly heavy shots, world-class movement, and footwork were simply a bit too much for AJ.

As for Anthony Joshua, he showcased a rather straightforward approach. He tried to use his jab extensively to create and maintain distance. However, Usyk’s agility and awkward southpaw movement proved his overall approach ineffective. Being the bigger and heavier man, Joshua did not land any heavy shots and failed to use his strength to his advantage.

After his loss, fans criticized Anthony Joshua’s trainer, Robert McCracken for giving out poor advice. In between rounds, he could be heard shouting “brilliant, when in reality he was being dominated. Twitter picked up on this and reacted accordingly.

Twitter wants Anthony Joshua to change his trainer

After Usyk caused one of the greatest heavyweight upsets of all time on September 25, fans of Anthony Joshua and even other fighters took shots at his corner.

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In between rounds, AJ’s coach, Robert McCracken could be heard shouting praises at his fighter when he was clearly behind on the scorecards.

Here are few Twitter reactions to McCracken handing out poor advice to Anthony Joshua-

Anthony Joshua’s trainer’s boxing background

Rob McCracken fought as an amateur as well as a professional for nearly two decades before becoming a full-time trainer.

He kicked off his amateur boxing career as a welterweight in 1988. He fought 16 times, won 13, and lost 3 of those before switching to the pro boxing domain in 1991.

As a professional boxer, McCracken transitioned to super-welterweight and then even moved up to middleweight later.

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At the super-welterweight mark, he secured the BBBofC British Super Welter Title by defeating Andy Till in 1994.

The very next year, Rob McCracken moved up to middleweight. He even won the Commonwealth (British Empire) Middle Title by defeating Fitzgerald Bruney in 1996.

Towards the end of his career, McCracken challenged Keith Holmes for the WBC middleweight title in 2000 but lost by TKO. With yet another TKO loss against Howard Eastman in 2001, Robert McCracken finally hung up his gloves.

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused this passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, weaves, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the science, the techniques, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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