Boxing: Joshua confirms coach hunt after Usyk setback

28 October 2021 01:46:39 GMTPlus11
Anthony Joshua seeking new coach

Anthony Joshua has confirmed he is on the lookout for additions to his coaching team as he plots beating Oleksandr Usyk in their rematch.

Joshua is expected to return to the ring early next year, while fellow heavyweights Dereck Chisora and Joseph Parker are set for their own rematch on 18th December when Chisora is 3.25 to win and Parker is 1.33 in Manchester.

AJ on the comeback trail

Joshua lost his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles to Usyk as the Ukrainian claimed a deserved win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September.

The two are expected to renew their rivalry early in 2022 after it emerged earlier this month that Joshua has officially exercised his contractual right to a rematch.

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I need a new coach to learn from.

Anthony Joshua

The 32-year-old, who has been in contact with Mike Tyson's coaching mentor Ronnie Sheilds in the US, has admitted he wants to bring in a new coach as he looks to improve for the Usyk reunion, although he says he has not completely split with long-time cornerman Rob McCracken.

He told iFL TV: "I'm heading into my 12th world title fight now and the learning is done. It's done. It's just war. I'm annoyed. I'm boiling up just speaking about it.

"I need a new coach to learn from as well. I will not be basing myself in the States, I am a UK resident so I am not going out to the States to find a new coach.

"Rob's in Lithuania so I need to find a new coach for certain points as I train 10 or 11 months a year. I need to step away and get some new teachings from trainers who have trained the likes of 13 or 14 world champions.

Joshua promises war

His loss to Usyk means a potential all-British showdown with heavyweight rival Tyson Fury is off the agenda for now but that tantalising prospect will come back into view if Joshua responds in the rematch and exacts revenge.

Joshua has warned Usyk he "might get thrown on the floor in the next fight because this is war" after going down in a unanimous points defeat first time around, which was only the second loss he's suffered in his professional career.

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