Joshua vs Klitschko: Rob McCracken expects Anthony Joshua to follow Carl Froch and win at Wembley
By Tim Hobbs
Last Updated: 20/04/17 3:42pm
Rob McCracken is plotting another bad night for Wladimir Klitschko as he hopes to complete his own Wembley double.
Anthony Joshua's trainer admits Klitschko is from the "top tier" of heavyweight boxing but is confident his fighter will come through their showdown on April 29, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
McCracken guided Carl Froch to a Wembley win in the 2014 rematch with George Groves and plans to inflict a second successive defeat on Klitschko, who has not fought for 17 months since his points loss to Tyson Fury.
"You have to rate him massively. He's been the heavyweight of the last decade really, some fantastic performances," McCracken told Sky Sports.
"He looked devastating against [Kubrat] Pulev three years ago, then he beat [Bryant] Jennings, and Tyson Fury shocked the world and took the titles away from him.
He'll argue it's one bad night in more or less a decade, that Fury night, but we'll see if he is the fighter he was before the Fury fight - we'll find out.
"He'll argue it's one bad night in more or less a decade, that Fury night, but we'll see if he is the fighter he was before the Fury fight - we'll find out.
"He is from the top tier of boxing and he's had a hugely successful reign, but all things must come to an end, and his reign ended when he boxed Tyson Fury."
'AJ' beat Matt Legg inside the opening round on the Froch-Groves II undercard and his trainer is expecting the 27-year-old to take it all in his stride, despite the massive 90,000 attendance at the national stadium.
"He boxed on the same night Carl boxed at Wembley in 2014, fairly early on in the bill," said McCracken. "It is a huge stadium, he did the ring walk, got in the ring and performed that night.
"I think that's a big plus and that will help him, but it's the same as anything in boxing - you're always going into the unknown.
"It's the same when Carl Froch was going to Finland or the United States to defend his title. It's still a different stadium, it's still a different ring walk, and in boxing who knows what can happen - that's why you've got the crowd there.
"It's a fascinating sport, it's exciting, and it's my job to keep Anthony calm and advise him through the whole occasion, into the fight and throughout the fight.
"We'll have a little walk around the middle of the pitch at Wembley and once we know where the ring is, we will have a little walk around and say this is what we are going to be boxing in and that's all that really matters.
"Don't worry about looking up 40 or 50 feet high, because you probably won't see anyone. Just concentrate on the ring space and concentrate on the opponent in the other corner."