Anthony Joshua has announced that Rob McCracken is to become his full-time coach ahead of his scheduled December 10 bout against Eric Molina at the Manchester Arena.
McCracken, who has previously coached three-time world super-middleweight champion Carl Froch, is set to act as Joshua's full-time coach moving forward, whilst continuing his role with Great Britain's Olympic boxing programme, in which he currently acts as Performance Director.
Joshua, who won Olympic gold in 2012, claims that he has remained close to McCracken and Team GB since his London triumph and that he was "excited" to have McCracken in his corner.
Speaking of the appointment, McCracken described Joshua as a "special talent" and said that he was "looking forward" to working with the IBF heavyweight champion in the next phase of his career.
With the 27-year-old looking to defend his title, and potentially unify the heavyweight division next year, it is certainly an exciting time to join the Joshua camp.
Joshua turned pro in 2013, a year after he won gold at the Olympics but has kept close ties with the Olympic boxing programme which helped him as an amateur, even returning to Sheffield on numerous occasions to work with the Great Britain boxing squad.
Joshua's training camps are now set to be based at GB Boxing's headquarters in Sheffield moving forward, something McCracken believes has mutual benefits for both Joshua and the Olympic boxing team.
"I know from working with Carl Froch that combining my work coaching a top professional boxer with the role of Performance Director has mutual benefits and that having a world champion in the gym has a very positive impact on the whole of the GB Boxing squad."
McCracken ran a similar set-up when coaching Carl Froch between 2010-2014, where Froch would regularly train with boxers from the Olympic programme.
GB Boxing have said they fully support the move, claiming that they have "maintained" a good relationship with Joshua since he turned pro and believe that the former gold medallist will serve to "enhance the world class performance programme and have a positive impact on the development of boxers."
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