Feature | Dec 07 2016

EXCLUSIVE Rob McCracken: ‘It would mean a lot to me to see Anthony Joshua become undisputed champion’

Rob McCracken discusses guiding Anthony Joshua, his concerns about Eric Molina and more with John Dennen
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FOR the first time since Carl Froch defeated George Groves in May 2014, Rob McCracken will be in a corner on Saturday. It may not be in front of 80,000 people at Wembley Stadium but it will be for a major fight as Anthony Joshua defends his IBF heavyweight title against Eric Molina at the Manchester Arena on December 10.

“It’s been two and a half years since I was in a corner, last one was with Carl, Carl’s last fight. It’s something I’m looking forward to but it’s top level boxing. It’s very dangerous. The opponent’s a good puncher and knows what he’s doing, very experienced. So it’s a good fight Saturday night and it’s one where Anthony will have to perform at his best to get a good performance in and get the victory,” McCracken told Boxing News.

The trainer has a longstanding bond with Joshua. The performance director at GB Boxing, Rob headed the team that helped guide Anthony to his Olympic gold medal at London 2012. He’s been a mentor to him in subsequent years and will work with Tony Sims, who has cornered Joshua’s professional fights so far.