Anthony Joshua’s secret weapon for £200m Tyson Fury mega-fight

After launching Tyson Fury’s career, Rob McCracken must now figure out a way to beat him.

Anthony Joshua ’s mentor was in Fury’s corner for his pro debut in December 2008 against Bela Gyongyosi because regular trainer Hughie Fury’s licence had not come through in time.

McCracken also stepped in nine months later when Hughie could not travel to Ireland for Fury’s ninth fight against Tomas Mrazek.

“His uncle Hughie had a delay in getting his licence to go in the corner and I helped him out with his debut,” said McCracken.

“Then in his ninth fight, Hughie couldn’t travel to Ireland so I helped him out in the corner for his fight in Ireland. It was a good experience and he was a really nice kid.

“Now he’s grown up into a man. He’s super talented and a natural fighter.”

McCracken remembers being impressed by how well Fury did in sparring when he was invited to join Carl Froch’s training camp in County Mayo for his WBC super-middleweight title win over Jean Pascal in 2008.

“I saw him as an amateur and he had a fantastic jab,” he said. “I also saw him in Ireland when Carl was training for Pascal and we were in Mayo for a few weeks.

“I saw Tyson spar with a really good heavyweight, I won’t mention his name, who was solid pro and Tyson handled him twice. Yeah, an exceptional talent, but so is big Josh.”

McCracken is too diplomatic to say if he spotted any weaknesses Joshua can exploit, but is adamant his man is ready to fight Fury.

“It’s what he wants to do,” he said. “Whoever he fights is fine with me. Can he fight Tyson? Of course he can. He can fight anyone, he’s a fantastic heavyweight champion, who’s getting better all the time.”

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