Josh Warrington has vowed not to make the same mistake as Anthony Joshua in allowing his tight-knit team to balloon into a bloated entourage.
Warrington defends his world title for the third time against Sofiane Takoucht in Leeds on Saturday night, four months after Joshua lost his own belts to Andy Ruiz Jr.
But while the heavyweight outgrew his loyal lieutenants as he transcended the sport, Warrington has stayed true to his.
“A lot of people have asked me about the AJ fight, asking where he went wrong,” he said.
“He’s not just a sportsman no more, he’s a brand; his head’s all over the place because he’s here, there and everywhere. Everyone wants a piece of him.
“I’ve said it many a time, some small businesses don’t have that many people working for them.
“You must lose track with all these people saying, ‘Anthony you’ve gotta be here, Anthony you’re doing this, Anthony you’re doing that’.”
Warrington admits, however, that cracks began to appear in his own preparations for his most recent fight against Kid Galahad.
The featherweight champion edged his way to a split-decision victory after a messy and frustrating fight.
And he said: “I think in the last camp against Galahad, things kind of fell away with how close we all were.
“People were just coming away from their roles, but it’s massively important because a lot of them guys have been with me on that journey for a long time.
“Mark Hurley, my strength and conditioning coach, been with me since I boxed for my first title. The English title seven years ago, he’s been with me since on that journey.
“Nick Manners, he loves the limelight, he’s been with us since Rendall Munroe (in 2014), very, very loyal to our camp and very, very loyal to the whole team in general.
“Jimmy Hamilton who runs the gym in Doncaster where we do most of our sparring. Again meticulous, OCD, but wears the camp on his sleeve.
“He puts it first as always and we’ve quite recently took a pad man on; again, someone who’s not egotistical, just passionate. Passionate about where we want to be, wanting to be on these big shows and wanting us to success.
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