Anthony Joshua’s trainer Rob McCracken clarifies concussion comments

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Anthony Joshua’s trainer Rob McCracken insists that the health of his boxers is of“paramount importance“.
McCracken told that the BBC Boxing podcast he“understood Joshua was concussed“ from the third round against Andy Ruiz Jr at June, but allow him struggle on before his seventh-round loss.
Brain injury charity Headway called it a“shocking entry“.
„I am not a doctor and it might be the concussed is not the ideal term to have employed,“ McCracken said on Thursday.
„The wellbeing of all of the boxers I work with is of paramount importance to me and I have always used my decision and expertise to do what is suitable for them.
„There is no formal concussion protocol in which the physician steps in to evaluate the boxer so you have to utilize your experience as a mentor and your knowledge of the person to create a decision on if you think they could recuperate.
„I have had this lots of times in my career in professional boxing where I’ve recovered from a tricky round to continue and win the struggle. I have also pulled out fighters from fights because I knew it was not in their own interests to continue.“
Before the round, in which he had been stopped by his Mexican-American opponent, Joshua looked perplexed in his corner and said to McCracken:“Why am I feeling like this?“
GB Boxing has supported McCracken, 51, that is its performance director.
„Anybody who has seen him work understands that he has got the best interests of their boxers in mind,“ a spokesperson said.
„Ensuring we provide a responsibility of care and safeguard the physical and mental health of the fighters is central to the way that Rob McCracken has directed the world class programme to get boxing throughout the previous 10 years.“
Prior to McCracken’s announcement on Thursday, Luke Griggs, deputy chief executive of Headway, had said:“Trainers have a duty of care to their fighters and it seems obvious that Anthony Joshua’s trainer’s sole priority has been winning that fight, not protecting the fighter out of a potentially fatal injury.“
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