- Anthony Joshua suffered concussion in his Andy Ruiz Jnr loss, says his trainer
- Rob McCracken said he simply wanted to ‘get him through a few more rounds’
- Joshua was sent to the canvas four times before the fight was eventually ended
- The two heavyweights will take part in a rematch in Saudi Arabia in December
Anthony Joshua was concussed after the third round in his defeat to Andy Ruiz Jnr, says trainer
Rob McCracken revealed that he knew Joshua was not himself after he was sent to the canvas
Questions were raised about Joshua’s preparation following his shock defeat to Ruiz Jnr
Andy Ruiz Jr aka The Destroyer
Joshua most commonly known as AJ
Anthony Joshua’s trainer confesses he knew the British fighter was concussed in round three of his defeat to Andy Ruiz Jnr in New York.
Rob McCracken made the startling admission as he prepares to make amends for Joshua’s only ever professional defeat when the two fighters meet again in the ring for a rematch in Saudi Arabia in December.
Joshua was sent to the canvas in the third round by unfancied Mexican Ruiz Jnr and McCracken said he just wanted to ‘get him through a few more rounds’ despite being aware his fighter was concussed.
‘I know him better than all these experts who virtually don’t know him or have met him once or twice so I knew he was concussed and I’m trying to get him through a few more rounds, one round at a time, and see where he’s at,’ McCracken told the BBC’s 5Live boxing podcast.
”Can he recover? Can he get back into this? But he was glazy-eyed from when he got caught with that initial shot in round three and he carried that with him up until the end.
‘I’ve worked with him for nine years and I knew he wasn’t quite where he needed to be. He was asking me why he was feeling this way and stuff.’
Earlier this week McCracken rubbished suggestions Joshua had started to look for alternative trainers in the wake of losing his unbeaten professional record.
Speaking to TheSportsman.com, he said: ‘I think those comments are predictable.
‘You have people in the sport who look at the negatives and you have those who try to make it better and make it work going forward.
‘It’s nothing I care too much about. Me and Anthony have a great relationship, he doesn’t just train with me, he trains with a variety of people over the years, but I’m the head coach whilst he wants me to be head coach.
‘He’s a great guy, we get on very well and I believe he can achieve other great things in the sport.’
Height: 6ft 2in (188cm)
Reach: 74in (188cm)
Pro Rounds: 144
Wins by KO: 22
Height: 6ft 6in (198cm)
Reach: 82in (208cm)
Pro Rounds: 84
Wins by KO: 21