Via Scott Gilfoid: Eddie Hearn worries that Anthony Joshua is taking a risk by choosing to change coach Rob McCracken with just three months left before his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk in April.
Overall, though, Hearn says he’s happy that former IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) is making the move to change coaches because he just can’t be left out. everything when they are entering such an important match. .
With that said, McCracken has become the fall boy For many boxing fans, a convenient number to blame for Joshua’s defeat in a fight with Usyk last September.
Joshua wants to prove his doubters
Many believe Joshua inadvertently devised a plan to try and prove to the boxing world that he can beat former undisputed cruiser champion Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs).
In other words, Joshua came up with a stupid game plan to build his shaky ego to prove to his fans that he is NOT just the rigid bodybuilder they see him as.
Anyone with sense would stop the show and tell Joshua to forget the odd idea of him, a slow robot boxer with poor stamina and a weak chin, trying to beat the talented Ukrainian Usyk .
We don’t know if McCracken tried to talk Joshua out of the idea of him trying to beat Usyk last September at the Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium in North London, England.
If McCracken doesn’t, you can see why. When you are in a situation where there is a huge disparity in assets between a fighter and a trainer, the coach will say NO.
Was McCracken afraid of upsetting MILLION people?
If it was Joshua who fueled the intent of trying to defeat Usyk, then McCracken couldn’t be responsible for that stupid plan.
I can only say that McCracken should have been willing to give Joshua the bad news in the fight his plan didn’t work because Usyk made him look silly. Will Gilfoid give Joshua the bad news that he has no chance of defeating Usyk? Sure is not.
Joshua seems like a real know-it-all at this point, and he could have been staunchly resistant to the change of plan, especially with the game plan being his kid.
Again, you can understand why McCracken isn’t against Joshua because why would he want to take that risk upset a millionaire?
If you’ve ever been around someone extremely wealthy, they’re used to their way and the people around them in general are blowing smoke behind their back 24/7.
It takes a strong-willed person to bluntly with a millionaire, and those people usually don’t last long with them.
Hearn says Joshua is taking a BIG risk
“It’s a huge risk, but if you feel the need to change and you can’t go on in a particular way anymore, much riskier alternatives,“Eddie Hearn said to Sun about Joshua, changing coaches ahead of his April rematch against Usyk.
“If AJ doesn’t make any changes and doesn’t feel comfortable with his approach in the rematch, I feel that we shouldn’t be in that rematch,” Hearn continued about Joshua. .
“But the reality is that he is very proactive and positive, and whichever path he takes, I know he will feel comfortable with that decision.
“I feel a lot more comfortable than the other side, that is to leave it. He needs something fresh; Hearn said.
It probably wouldn’t have made any difference if Joshua had fought more fiercely in his rematch with Usyk because he wasn’t physically and mentally strong enough to carry out that plan.
If Joshua fights harder in the rematch, Usyk will have more chances to use his counter punching ability to knock him out and make him look more sluggish than last time. Furthermore, with Joshua’s limited gas tank, he could run on E into the third round and endured Usyk’s sharp punches.
Matthew Hatton sad to see Joshua leave McCracken
“With AJ, he has a good team around him with Eddie Hearn, 258. I’m sure they sat down and had good discussions,” Matthew Hatton told Social boxing about the possibility of Joshua changing coach Rob McCracken.
“Loyalty is great in any sport, but in boxing, it’s you in the ring, and you’re the one making the shots. You have to be selfish in boxing and do what’s right for you.
“Rob McCracken did a great job with AJ, and It will be sad to see that wonderful partnership fall apart If that happens. But AJ has to do what’s right for him,” Hatton said.
The really sad thing is that McCracken’s replacement probably won’t have any greater success as captain of the ship Joshua.
Let’s face it, Joshua’s ship is up and down fast, and there’s not much any new trainer can do to prevent its descent.
Joshua must be “ruthless” in the Usyk rematch
Hatton agrees with the belief that the ONLY way Joshua has a shot to beat Usyk in a rematch is for him to be “ruthless” in his use of size.
Last time Joshua failed to do so with his decision to try to disqualify the 2012 Olympic gold medalist, and that backfired on AJ as he lost badly.
It’s not clear if it was Joshua’s idea of trying to take out Usyk or his trainer McCraken. It is generally believed that Joshua devised a bad plan to defeat Usyk, and McCracken executed it in a more locked-down fashion than telling AJ to reconsider.
Either way it was a stupid idea, and what made things worse was that Joshua didn’t make any in-match adaptations when it became clear after the first four rounds that he He didn’t have the boxing skills to execute his battle plan.
In battles, army commanders make adjustments when things are going badly, and we don’t see that from Joshua and McCracken.
“The battles to come will define him, so he has to do the right thing and he has to do what he believes is right for him,” Matthew Hatton said when asked if Joshua needed to be ruthless. more in the rematch against Usyk.
“Sometimes we can overcomplicate a very simple sport, and I think a lot of new coaches who don’t have a lot of experience are behind them doing things that are too complicated.
“That’s the obvious thing he has to do. He must be more ruthless; He’s got to be more aggressive because that’s the only way he can win the bout,” Hatton said of what Joshua should do in his second bout against three-belt heavyweight champion Usyk.
“That is definitely the path he has to go. They have to come up with a game plan with specific moves that will work, but he definitely has to be more dominant and aggressive and try to use that dimension.
“He had to do it because that was the only way he could win the war [with Oleksandr]. Mr. Hatton said.