Joshua facing huge coaching blow ahead of Fury clash

Anthony Joshua could end up fighting Tyson Fury without trainer Rob McCracken in his corner.

Joshua regularly credits McCracken with being the man who has helped him really rise up through the rankings of professional boxing in the last few years.

As we all know Joshua is set to meet Tyson Fury at some point in 2021. Usually, McCracken would be guaranteed to be by AJ’s side, but his other role as GB Boxing’s performance director could get in the way of that.

Problems arise for Anthony Joshua?

The reason is simple: both teams are aiming for a July 24 date, if not early August, for Joshua vs Fury – which clashes with the rearranged Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

When speaking about the issue, Joshua’s manager Eddie Hearn had the following to say.

“I know Rob takes his position very seriously,” Hearn said. “He loves the job and the kids so it’s not ideal but we can’t move it a couple of weeks either side. Someone is spending a lot of money so we have to go whenever they say. 

“We haven’t finalised an exact date, July 24 is the rough date but it may leak into early August but no later than that. It’s impossible to schedule anything without clashing with something. 

“I know AJ and Rob have been talking accordingly so I am sure they will work it out.

“The date we get given is when the fight takes place and the guys know it will be around the Olympics, it could be inappropriate but it is the biggest fight in boxing and the biggest moment in AJ’s career. We have to work it out.”

It’s no doubt a big blow for Joshua, who has frequently sang McCracken’s praises.

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