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Joshua's Trainer Knew His Fighter Was Concussed During Loss

Anthony Joshua's trainer, Rob McCracken, admits that he realized his boxer was concussed after getting dropped twice in the third round of his TKO defeat to Andy Ruiz back on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Ruiz was dropped during the third round, but Joshua got to anxious as he ran in to finish him off - leading to Ruiz catching him with a big counter. Joshua was then dropped twice in the round. 

"I know him better than all these experts who virtually don't know him or have met him once or twice so I knew he was concussed and I'm trying to get him through a few more rounds, one round at a time, and see where he's at," McCracken told the BBC. "'Can he recover? Can he get back into this?'

"But he was glazy-eyed from when he got caught with that initial shot in round three and he carried that with him up until the end. It’s a nightmare situation, pro boxing is deadly and you’re in the corner with a heavyweight not responding as he should.”

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After the third round, Joshua was asking his trainer "What round is it?" and "Why am I feeling like this?"

Ruiz closed the show in the seventh round, when he dropped Joshua two more times to capture the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles.

Leading up to the fight, there were numerous claims that Joshua was knocked out in a sparring session and could have still been suffering the effects.

A few days after the loss, Joshua exercised his right to an immediate rematch.

The British superstar is now looking to turn back the tide, when he faces Ruiz in a rematch December 7 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by OldTerry on 09-17-2019

[QUOTE=Sid-Knee;20063510]You demonised McCracken saying he'd put him in there because lots of money is on the table and it's not his health on the line like he's soulless or something. You know exactly what you're saying. I've seen enough of…

Comment by Sid-Knee on 09-16-2019

[QUOTE=OldTerry;20055145]Sid-Knee, I'm not demonizing anyone. I'm only stating what I believe to be a fact of human nature when it comes to money to be made. This especially applies to promoters. Often times when a fighter dies, the damage he…

Comment by New England on 09-15-2019

[QUOTE=Evil_Meat;20055121]I'm pretty sure a concussion is diagnosed with a set of symptoms not a CT scan. I thought those were for making sure there is no brain bleed/other complications as a result of the concussion but I'm pretty sure that's…

Comment by LoadedWraps on 09-13-2019

[QUOTE=Eddy Current;20052638]Joshua is a shot fighter. His chin is weakened from what it used to be, which wasn't much.[/QUOTE] [COLOR="Red"][FONT="Comic Sans MS"]He will never be the same. It's over for him. [/FONT][/COLOR]

Comment by BLASTER1 on 09-13-2019

[QUOTE=Jab jab boom;20053839]look who comes out of hiding and automatically begins to stalk me again like the creepy loser fk you are. . I know your fragile British ego is still damaged from me embarrassing and owning you, but you've…

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