McCracken Rejoins Joshua


*To Rev Up Preparations for His September 25 Date With Usyk

Ernest Omoarelojie with Agency Reports


As the build-up to Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk’s September 25 rumble at the Tottenham stadium, London, gathers momentum, final touches to the pugilists’ preparations have also swung into high gears. That certainly is the case with the World Boxing Organization, WBO, champion, Joshua, whose camp is revving into top speed with the anticipated reentry of his trainer, Rob McCracken, into the technical team.
McCracken, who led the English boxing team to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, is not only certain Joshua can put on a great performance in his bout with his Ukrainian opponent, he has also vowed to “get the sparring right”.
“We’ll get back, me and the team, the others who work with AJ, so we can put the work together, get the sparring right, get the prep right,” McCracken said from Tokyo.
Joshua, the IBF, WBA and WBO Heavyweight champions, has placed his belts on the line against Usyk but has been without his lead trainer for two weeks leading up to the September encounter. However, McCracken believes his ward is looking good despite his fortnight absence.
“He is doing fine. He’s where he needs to be.” McCracken said, promising to deploy the remaining few weeks get all nuts in place and well oiled on return.
“I’ll get back and there will still be seven weeks before his fight, which is a long time in a 36-minute fight.

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