Anthony Joshua has said he will have Rob McCracken in his corner in two weeks time in the second defence of his IBF Heavyweight Title against Eric Molina. McCracken is Joshua’s former trainer whilst in the Olympics and is the head coach of most of the GB squad.
Its been quite a mysterious reason as to why Joshua has teamed up with Tony Sims in Essex as the pair don’t seem to have connected very well. Fans know Joshua has still been training with McCracken, who was also a trainer of Carl Froch and has spent most of his time since being a professional still training in McCracken’s gym in Sheffield. Sims gym has since been renamed the Matchroom gym, so Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn may have wanted it all to seem the complete package, but Sims is definitely not Joshua’s trainer behind the scenes.
Another fighter which had been thought to be facing difficulty training with Tony Sims is another former Olympian Anthony Ogogo. Ogogo lost his first professional fight via stoppage in October against Craig Cunningham. Ogogo wen’t into the fight a 1/10 favourite but was in trouble from the start, at the end of the rounds the corner work from Sims seemed pretty strange and when Ogogo walked over to his corner having suffered a damaged eye socket and a busted nose, Sims couldn’t read his fighters language and didn’t understand the state of health Ogogo was in.
Unaware if Sims will be in Joshua’s corner with McCracken next Saturday, but having McCracken in his corner is a wise move from Joshua if he wants to carry on progressing as the pair have been together since Joshua was a youngster. AJ has stated Rob McCracken will now be his full time coach and the lead role in his corner.