Anthony Joshua has branded concussion a ‘weak term’ after his coach Rob McCracken sparked controversy by admitting he knew his fighter was concussed throughout his fight with Andy Ruiz Jr.
McCracken’s feedback sparked a dialogue in regards to the security of fighters, however Joshua dismissed the concept he was completed the minute he suffered the concussion.
Joshua, talking to the Guardian earlier than McCracken’s feedback had been made, defined he was prepared to fight by way of the concussion to beat Ruiz Jr final June.
‘I knew where I was,’ Joshua mentioned in regards to the third spherical..
‘But definitely they call it concussion…That’s what they name it. But I feel concussion is a weak time period.
‘You’ve acquired to be stronger than it. You’ve acquired to fight by way of the concussion should you can.
‘That shot on my head [to the left temple in round three] made it really difficult…If concussion is what they’re calling it, that punch that gave me concussion, made it tough.’.
After inflicting a storm together with his unique feedback, McCracken moved to make clear his place on concussion.
‘I am not a doctor and it may be that concussed is not the right term to have used,’ McCracken mentioned.
‘The well being of all of the boxers I work with is of paramount significance to me and I’ve all the time used my judgment and expertise to do what is true for them.
‘There is not any formal concussion protocol the place the physician steps in to assess the boxer, so you have got to use your expertise as a coach and your information of the person to decide on whether or not you suppose they’ll get better.
‘I’ve had this quite a few occasions in my profession in skilled boxing the place boxers have recovered from a tough spherical to go on and win the fight.
‘I’ve additionally pulled boxers out of fights as a result of I knew it was not in their pursuits to proceed.