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AJ’s trainer clears up controversial concussion comments
AJ suffered a shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr in June, but is set for his rematch on December 7.
The former world champion was criticised for his performance, but trainer Rob McCracken came under fire after claiming he knew the boxer was concussed – and cited that as a reason for his loss.
But in a recent statement, McCracken said: “In professional boxing, fighters inevitably take punches and have difficult rounds and when they come back to the corner, it is your job as a coach to make a quick assessment of the situation.
“I have had this a number of times in my career in professional boxing where boxers have recovered from a difficult round to go on and win the fight.
“I have also pulled boxers out of fights because I knew it was not in their interests to continue.
“I am not a doctor and it may be that ‘concussed’ is not the right term to have used, but the health of all boxers I work with is of paramount importance to me and I have always used my judgement and experience to do what is right for them.”
Deontay Wilder continues war of words against Tyson Fury
Deontay Wilder has dubbed Tyson Fury a ‘f****** coward’.
Fury lost his fight against Wilder last year, but the pair could face off again in February if they win their upcoming bouts.
Fury is set to face unknown, but unbeaten, opponent Otto Walllin this weekend – and Wilder has questioned the reported value of the fight.
The American told Boxing Scene: “He knows he’s not getting $100million, not even $80million – and it probably isn’t even $70million.
“His promoter [Bob Arum] even said that himself. So, he wants to run around here like he’s getting a $100million contract. That’s not true, but he wants to use that as a copout to not fight me.
“That’s a coward. That’s a f****** coward if I’ve ever seen one. I’m just happy to be who I am.
“I can’t worry about these other fighters, or what they’re doing or what they’re thinking. Boxing, I love this sport, but you just don’t know what’s going to happen until it happens.”
Fury vs Wallin tickets are selling poorly, says Eddie Hearn
Matchroom Boxing guru Eddie Hearn claims the Fury vs Wallin fight has sold just 1,500 tickets.
Hearn went on to insist Fury has lost all of his momentum since his defeat to Wilder.
He told Fight Hype: “I saw it as an exhibition, because the fight’s so bad. Top Rank and ESPN have got to be throwing up.
“They’ve sold like 1,500 tickets for Saturday night. No one is going to be watching.
“All the momentum Fury had off the back of the Wilder fight. Where’s it gone? We’re trying to build towards a monster second fight.”