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Anthony Joshua's trainer addresses reports he could be replaced

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Anthony Joshua’s trainer Rob McCracken has branded criticism of their relationship after his shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr as “predictable” - and insisted he’s going nowhere.

Respected coach McCracken, who previously masterminded Carl Froch’s glittering career, has worked with Joshua both as an amateur standout and since he turned professional.

But Joshua’s unexpected defeat to Ruiz Jr in New York in June shone a spotlight on their working relationship with the likes of Lennox Lewis and Amir Khan urging Joshua to make a change behind the scenes.

McCracken, however, is adamant the pair still have a great relationship and will achieve great things in the sport together - starting by avenging the Ruiz defeat in the rematch in Saudi Arabia in December.

Anthony Joshua in a black shirt: Rob McCracken has addressed reports he could be replaced by Anthony Joshua © PA Rob McCracken has addressed reports he could be replaced by Anthony Joshua

McCracken told TheSportsman.com : “I think those comments are predictable.

“You have people in the sport who look at the negatives and you have those who try to make it better and make it work going forward.

“It’s nothing I care too much about. Me and Anthony have a great relationship, he doesn’t just train with me, he trains with a variety of people over the years, but I’m the head coach whilst he wants me to be head coach.

Anthony Joshua, Robert McCracken are posing for a picture: Joshua and McCracken are now focused on their December rematch with Ruiz © Action Images via Reuters Joshua and McCracken are now focused on their December rematch with Ruiz

“He’s a great guy, we get on very well and I believe he can achieve other great things in the sport.

“There’s always new faces [in training camp] but the reality is that I’m Anthony’s lead coach, I have been since he turned professional.

“There are new faces as well and they’ll become more obvious as we go on.

“We have a big team of people and we’ve always had that.”

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