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Anthony Joshua could be without head coach Rob McCracken for his heavyweight unification fight with Tyson Fury. McCracken has played an instrumental role in Joshua’s rise from amateur prospect to a two-time unified heavyweight champion of the world.
The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to run from 23 July to 28 August with the Battle of Britain now likely to clash with those dates. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn revealed last week both fighters have agreed to a site deal with an official announcement edging ever closer as a result.
“We don’t have a choice,” Hearn said. “There are too many people and things to fit around already with the fighters, trainers, countries, time zones, the Olympics. There is all this stuff to plan so whatever date we are given by the site is the date that we will go with. Someone is spending a lot of money so we have to go whenever they say.
“The plan is to plan accordingly, I know AJ and Rob have been talking accordingly so I am sure they will work it out. It will depend on timings, the date we get given is when the fight takes place and the guys know it will be around the Olympics, it could be inappropriate but it is the biggest fight in boxing and the biggest moment in AJ’s career so we have to work it out.”