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McCracken's Choice Between ABAE or Froch

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Amateur boxing's governing body the AIBA has ruled that there is no way that Great Britain’s head coach Rob McCracken will have his ban lifted unless he renounces his professional links with Carl Froch. 

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The AIBA has made it clear that it will grant neither special dispensation nor means of appeal.

McCracken has been told he will not be accredited for AIBA events unless he splits with Froch. Even then the process will take six months, meaning he will miss the World Championships and first Olympic qualifiers in Baku in September.

The highly rated McCracken has led Britain's GB Boxing Team to huge success since taking over from Kevin Hickey as performance director back in November 2009 and has been in the corner for all his fighters high-profile bouts over the past two years, including the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games were the squad claimed two gold and four silver medals.

"It is unfortunate for the affected parties but if they begin the process now Rob McCracken can still be in the corner for the Olympic Games," said an AIBA spokesman.

A British Amateur Boxing Association spokesperson said: "We are very shocked by this new rule that could have a serious impact on our medal chances at the London 2012 Olympics."

Rule 12.3.1. of the official AIBA Technical and Competition Rules - which are effective from March 24, 2011 - states: "Any coach active in professional boxing shall not be allowed to be a coach and/or second in both AIBA and/or WSB competitions at any level unless the coach resigns from any involvement in professional boxing for a period of at least six (6) months and is certified by AIBA as a registered coach."

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It is almost inconceivable that McCracken will choose to part with Froch, whom he has coached throughout his career and who has a WBC super-middleweight title defense against Glen Johnson set for June.

McCracken was previously Britain's only AIBA two-star certificated coach and therefore the only person able to enter the corner of British fighters but his status has now been revoked after AIBA were fully informed of his professional relationship with Froch by an anonymous source in England.

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Ho Kim, the chief executive of AIBA Said "Paul King [the former CEO Amateur Boxing Association of England] registered only Rob McCracken from Great Britain as an AIBA certified coach but he did not mention in the paperwork that McCracken was also a professional coach.

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"This is against AIBA regulations and I have therefore written to Keith Walters [the chairman of the Amateur Boxing Association of England] stating that McCracken's AIBA coach certification has been withdrawn with immediate effect."

 

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Team GB Boxing is claiming that male and female boxers will be at a huge physiological disadvantage to the opponents they face at London 2012 by not having McCracken in the corner which could make the difference between winning a medal or not.

 

 

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Robert McCracken is a former British Middleweight Boxer and world title challenger from Birmingham, England. Robert worked as a wood machinist at Hoskins Cabinet Works,Bordesley,Birmingham before turning to boxing. He was affectionately known as "boxing Bob". McCracken turned pro in 1991 in the Light-Middleweight division. In February 1994 he won the British title by outpointing Andy Till, and defended it twice outpointing Steve "The Viking" Foster and Paul Wesley.

In November 1995 he officially moved into the Middleweight division, winning the vacant Commonwealth title by outpointing Canadian southpaw Fitzgerald Bruney. He would successfully retain the title twice by beating Paul Busby and Bruney again in a rematch, before relocating to the United States in 1997 and progressing up the World rankings.

In February 1998 he achieved a notable victory outpointing Lonnie Beasley, and over the course of four fights elevate himself to #1 contender status in the WBC rankings.

World Title fight

In April 2000 McCracken challenged American southpaw Keith Holmes for the WBC World Middleweight title. The fight was the main event of the UK show that preceded Lennox Lewis's high profile fight with Michael Grant in New York the same night.

To preserve his ranking McCracken had been inactive for a year and his ring rust showed, as he fell behind early and stayed there. The referee stopped the fight in the 11th round.

McCracken was inactive for another year training other boxers, before returning in April 2001 to fight highly regarded Howard Eastman, who now held the British and Commonwealth titles and a 31-0 record. The vacant European title was also on the line, however McCracken's long layoffs once again hurt him, after a close, tough fight McCracken wilted in the 10th round to Eastman's power punching.

Retirement

McCracken retired from fighting after the Eastman loss, and now works for Hennessy Sports training British Light Welterweight Champion Lenny Daws, Commonwealth Welterweight Champion John O'Donnell and WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch, Rob also trained former rival Howard Eastman.

McCracken's record is 33-2 (19 knockouts)

In 2009 Rob McCracken was hired by the British Amateur Boxing Association (BABA) as the Performance Director and he will oversee the GB Olympic programme and team, which is based at English Institute of Sport - Sheffield.