Lennox Lewis tells Anthony Joshua why he needs to sack his trainer Rob McCracken after shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr

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Lennox Lewis was the last undisputed heavyweight champion and AJ’s goals to match that feat took a severe hit with his shock loss at Madison Square Garden

The boxing world is still in a state of shock after Anthony Joshua lost his IBO, IBF, WBO and WBA (super) heavyweight titles to Andy Ruiz Jr last Saturday.

And former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis believes trainer Rob McCracken should be held accountable.

1. Lennox Lewis

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Lennox Lewis in his prime as undisputed champion

“I say you can’t go to university with your third-grade teacher,” said Lewis.

“They won’t have the answers you need at that level. You need a professor by then.”

Frank Warren appears to be of the same opinion.

Spencer Oliver thinks Anthony Joshua underestimated Andy Ruiz Jr in his fight in New York

There has been plenty of speculation that Joshua was concussed after getting knocked out in sparring on the week of the fight and he may have been unwell during the fight itself.

Still, Warren has stated that AJ’s trainer needs to be upgraded.

Andy Ruiz Jr knocked out Anthony Joshua in seven rounds

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Andy Ruiz Jr knocked out Anthony Joshua in seven rounds

Warren told The Telegraph: “I’ve made my views clear about the trainer. Somebody’s got to be accountable for this. I don’t like the trainer at all.

“I think his job as an amateur where he gets the best fighters given to him, everything’s been done with them.

“What’s he doing, an amateur trainer, training Joshua for professional title fights? What sparring operations is he getting? Sparring with amateurs.”

Whatever tactics AJ had, there’s no doubt they were wrong. However, credit must be given to Ruiz Jr for taking his opportunity with both hands, too.



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