Anthony Joshua’s trainer has admitted that he knew his fighter was concussed during his bout with Andy Ruiz in June, however ‘tried to get him through a few more rounds’.
Joshua was stopped by Ruiz within the seventh spherical of their fight at Madison Square Garden in New York in one of many greatest upsets in heavyweight boxing in recent times.
There have been quite a few theories as to why AJ had turned in a below-par efficiency in opposition to the Destroyer, and trainer Robert McCraken has put the loss right down to the previous champion struggling concussion during the fight.
‘I know him better than all these experts who virtually don’t know him or have met him a few times,’ McCraken instructed BBC’s 5Live boxing podcast. ‘So I knew he was concussed and I’m making an attempt to get him by a number of extra rounds, one spherical at a time, and see the place he’s at
‘Can he get well? Can he get again into this? But he was glazy-eyed from when he acquired caught with that preliminary shot in spherical three and he carried that with him up till the tip.
‘I’ve labored with him for 9 years and I knew he wasn’t fairly the place he wanted to be. He was asking me why he was feeling this manner and stuff.’
McCraken, who’s vastly expertise in boxing, having skilled the Team GB Olympic workforce and former tremendous middleweight world champion Carl Froch in a vastly profitable profession.
However, he has are available in for heavy criticism after admitting that he let Joshua proceed to fight concussed, with mind damage charity Headway saying the results may have been disastrous for the boxer.
‘It’s a stunning admission however it’s extremely unlikely that that is an remoted incident,’ Headway deputy chief government Luke Griggs instructed SunSport.
‘Trainers have a duty of care to their boxers and it seems clear that Anthony Joshua’s trainer’s sole precedence was successful that fight, not defending the fighter from a probably deadly damage.
‘We know once you’ve had a concussion, any subsequent blow can exacerbate the harm. You are most prone to having a very critical or deadly mind damage if the mind has already been broken and a concussion has already been sustained. One wonders what number of deaths within the ring over time have resulted from a win-at-all-costs mentality.’
Joshua fights Ruiz in a bid to reclaim the WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles on 7 December in Saudi Arabia.