Feature | May 26 2018

EXCLUSIVE McCracken – Why Deontay Wilder should come to Britain for Anthony Joshua fight

Trainer Rob McCracken speaks to John Dennen about what's next for Anthony Joshua, how many times he'll fight this year and how, if Joseph Parker had come to fight, Joshua would have knocked him out
Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder
Anthony Joshua Media Work-Out  |  Action Images/Matthew Childs

IT’S not every day that an email with a $50 million offer from Deontay Wilder arrives in your inbox. Rob McCracken, Anthony Joshua’s trainer, seems fairly sanguine about it. “It’s common knowledge that I have an email address,” he says with a hint of a smile.

Discussions around making the major fight, the heavyweight unification between WBC titlist Wilder and WBO, IBF and WBA boss Joshua rumble on. There are sticking points. Joshua’s team believes the unified champion should defend in his home country.

“I do what I think is in Anthony’s interests and right now I think what’s best for him would be to box in the UK,” McCracken explained. “Whoever that’s against, whether it’s against Wilder, the likes of [Alexander] Povetkin. You’ve got fighters like Dillian Whyte doing fantastically well, right up there at the top. There’s one or two other really good fighters out there. But my thinking at the moment is he fights in the UK. Without a doubt for me the Wilder fight will take place, it’s just whether it’s this year or next year, that’s to be determined. I’d like Anthony to fight in the UK in his next contest. I believe that’s what’s in his interests and best for him.