Anthony Joshua has likened his long-time trainer Rob McCraken to former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Joshua added the duo of Joby Clayton and Angel Fernandez to his coaching team, prior to his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr.
Joshua believes McCracken, the Team GB coach who guided him to a 2012 Olympic gold medal, has the same status as Manchester United’s legendary manager.
Rob is a gaffer – I look at him like Sir Alex Ferguson,” Joshua told Sky Sports.
“Great manager, great trainer, great experience.”
Joshua explained his evolving team of trainers: “Me and [Sean Murphy] conquered the early stage of the amateurs around England.
“Me and Rob conquered the international stage as amateurs. Then I turned pro and me and Rob conquered the world.
“Around the Wladimir Klitschko fight everybody said: ‘That was a defining fight, you went down got up, showed true warrior spirit’.
“In my head I was thinking: ‘This is a whole new level’. There was a level of pressure I was dealing with, moving forwards.
“It’s easy to see what the greats were doing now. Before, you couldn’t see because there wasn’t so much [social media]. There are so many sources of information now.
“Me and Rob were conquering the world, just me and him, but I said: ‘We need another set of eyes’.
“It was about bringing in a new variety to help me explore different levels of greatness.”
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