Feature | Apr 17 2017

Anthony Joshua trainer: ‘Neither will show each other respect once the bell goes’

In an exclusive interview, Rob McCracken gives John Dennen his take on the Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko fight
Anthony Joshua
Anthony Joshua goes head to head with Wladimir Klitschko after his win  |  Action Images

IF Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko have been, for the most part, cordial in the build up to their April 29 IBF and WBA heavyweight title fight, civility will all be forgotten as soon as the contest begins.

Rob McCracken, Joshua’s trainer told Boxing News, “Neither will show each other respect once the bell goes. Once the bell goes it’s a fight and that will be the same for both guys. It’s a fight Anthony’s looking forward to. Anthony believes in himself. He’s young, fit, strong, powerful. He’s achieved great things in boxing but he wants to achieve more so it’s going to be really interesting and fascinating to be part of it, to see how it all unfolds. AJ will be in great shape on the night. He’s looking to defend that title.”

They’ll have been covering every angle in training. “He’s very disciplined and dedicated,” McCracken said of Joshua. “He’s world champion now, he’s got the Klitschko fight which isn’t going to be easy.