Derrick Jamesthe coach of ex-world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (25-3, 22 KOs) admitted that he did not set his fighter the task of knocking out American Jermain Franklin (21-2, 14 KOs), but would not refuse an early victory for the British.
“I’m happy because Joshua did exactly what I wanted. People are now saying that he should have done this or that, but that was not my plan. When you start working with someone new, you should simplify everything to the maximum at the initial stage. Make everything as natural as possible.
Jermain Franklin is a tough fighter. He has good moves and will fight you to the end. Would I like Anthony to win by knockout? There is no doubt about it, but I never ask my guys to knock out opponents, because this is additional pressure, ”said the coach.
Note that Joshua won by unanimous decision (118-111, 117-111, 117-111).
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