Anthony Joshua is FINISHED after humiliating defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr, Glenn McCrory tells talkSPORT

2 Jun

Glenn McCrory believes Anthony Joshua’s boxing career could be over following his shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr.

AJ lost his heavyweight world titles in a stunning upset as he was stopped by rank outsider Ruiz at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

Anthony Joshua was stopped in the seventh round of his fight with Andy Ruiz Jr
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It was a fight the British star was never supposed to lose and it looked to be heading the way everyone expected when he knocked down his opponent in round three.

Joshua, though, was sent to the canvas four times and eventually stopped in the seventh as Ruiz pulled off one of the greatest shocks in boxing history.

And former IBF cruiserweight champion Glenn McCrory thinks this could be it for the 29-year-old.

“He’s bottom of the pile. He got beaten up by Andy Ruiz,” McCrory told talkSPORT.

“I think he’s finished. It’s not just the defeat, anybody can get defeated, but the nature of it.

Ruiz Jr put AJ down four times

“Andy Ruiz is not an elite athlete, he is not a heavyweight great. He will not go down in icons of legends at all but he is a tough kid and he seized his opportunity.

“I have to say well done Andy Ruiz.

“Anthony Joshua let himself and the nation down.

“If you take your eye off the ball then you lose. It’s as simple as that.

“It’s not rocket science. It’s the fact you think you can win and you just turn up and don’t do the work.

“I said this weeks ago he is training on Miami Beach. What’s he training on Miami Beach for? Boxers don’t do that with all those distractions.

“What on earth were they thinking about?

“It was absolute total humiliation. This was a fight that was an easy, easy fight.

“Let’s get this right. It was simple and he blew it.”

James DeGale v Chris Eubank Jr: ‘Chunky’ urged to retire by former world champion Glenn McCrory after being ‘soundly beaten’ by British rival

24 Feb

Former world champion Glenn McCrory told talkSPORT he hopes James DeGale retires after being ‘soundly beaten’ by Chris Eubank Jr.

After a feud which began with a tempestuous sparring session seven years ago, Eubank Jr exacted his revenge on former IBF super-middleweight champion at the 02 on Saturday night.

DeGale was left battered and bruised after his emphatic defeat to Eubank Jr

The younger man heaped pressure on DeGale all night and his relentless work rate and ferocity stunned ‘Chunky’ and left him on the canvas twice.

In the build up to the fight, McCrory told talkSPORT he feared time would catch up to the 33-year-old after a stellar, yet gruelling career at the highest level.

And, after being outworked and outfought on the night, the former crusierweight champion told the Weekend Sports Breakfast he hopes DeGale calls it a day after the punishing defeat.

“I hope so,” McCrory replied when asked if DeGale should retire. “Because when he looks back at this, he has had a great career; he’s a two-time world champion, an Olympic Gold medallist.

Chris Eubank Jr floored James DeGale in the second and tenth rounds

“But when a fighter is soundly beaten and then protests that he has won, it’s a little bit sad.

“I think when he looks back at that fight he will think he was not really in it. He was bullied, he was beaten, he was soundly beaten!

“I think that will be it.

“When he looks at that, I think he will say ‘You know what, I haven’t got anymore’ and go on to other things.”

Chris Eubank Jr tipped to stop James DeGale late on by Glenn McCrory at the 02 Arena, live on talkSPORT

20 Feb

Glenn McCrory has backed Chris Eubank Jr to stop James DeGale late on in their fight at the 02 Arena.

You can listen to the super-middleweight clash live and for free on talkSPORT on Saturday night.

Chris Eubank Jr wants to retire James DeGale on Saturday night

The consensus amongst fans and critics alike is that former IBF champion DeGale will be too slick and too skilful for the younger man.

However, as the fight progresses, the 33-year-old has a tendency to switch off in the middle of fights and empty his gas tank.

Although Eubank Jr may not have the same pedigree or amateur experience as the 2004 Olympic Gold medallist, his ferocious work rate and incredible durability make him a dangerous opponent.

And the former IBF Cruiserweight world champion believes it is this high-intensity which could work in Eubank Jr’s favour.

“He [Eubank Jr] has always shown star quality,” McCrory told Jim White on talkSPORT.

“It’s just not refined and it’s never had any thought going into it or any direction. There’s just been a lack of co-ordination.

“And I don’t think that’s anybody’s fault – he’s wanted to be this free spirit that thinks he can do it all by himself. And he can’t, none of us can.

“I just think he needs the direction, he needs to listen. He’s a talent!”

DeGale has achieved he could have possibly ever wanted in the sport

Having been guided by his hugely successful father throughout the start of his career, Eubank Jr was exposed in the semi-final of the World Boxing Super Series last February.

Former WBA champion George Groves proved too wily and too clever for the reckless youngster, who was outclassed in Manchester.

Now with Nate Vasquez, Eubank Jr’s decision to hire his first ever professional trainer has surprised many, including McCrory.

“He’s took on a coach from the Mayweather camp. People say he’s very good, he’s worked with some good champs and this sort of thing.

Eubank Jr was outclassed by Groves, who cruised to a unanimous decision win

“The fact that he is listening to anybody, because anybody could have told him what was going wrong in the George Groves fight couldn’t they? So I just think that’s what it needs.

“It’s also about James DeGale. A terrific fighter; an Olympic champion, a world champion, he has done everything that has been asked of him.

“But has he really got, at this stage in his career, the hunger? I don’t think, if he is put in a really tough fight that he will have that.

“We saw that when he lost to Caleb Truax when he just didn’t have anything. And if I had been in his corner, no disrespect, I would have said ‘You have had a great career, but that’s it – time to go.’

When pushed for a verdict by the talkSPORT panel, McCrory admitted he could see a shock unfolding in the capital.

“I’m expecting it to go to the later stages. I would not be surprised if there is a stoppage, if Eubank won by a stoppage.

“If he’s just too busy, got too much, too full of hunger.”