Emotional Anthony Joshua explains erratic behaviour after defeat
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Anthony Joshua’s former trainer Robert Garcia has broken his silence after the news came out last week that Joshua is trialling new coaches in America. Garcia joined forces with AJ ahead of his rematch against Oleksandr Usyk in August.
Under Garcia, Joshua showed marked improvements from his inaugural encounter, but it appears their relationship may be done for good. So far, the Watford powerhouse has visited esteemed trainers Derrick James and Virgil Hunter to get some work in and scout out the possibility of training together full-time.
Joshua went on a similar journey when he parted ways with long-time mentor Rob McCracken. After visiting the likes of Hunter, Eddy Reynoso, Ronnie Shields, and Garcia, he opted to go with the latter but after just four months of working together, Garcia received a call from Joshua this week explaining that he needs to explore his options.
“Anthony called me and told me what he was doing,” Garcia told ES NEWS. “I understand you know, the way he is seeing things and honestly, I wish him the best. Even if it was me again, I understand they are trying to fight sometime in the spring, having to go to camp in England it was very difficult for me because I know that Jose [Ramirez] is fighting during that time.
“So, I’ve got to train his a*** off to get him ready to fight. Also, Bam [Rodriguez] will be fighting during that time… But it’s not about Virgil Hunter doing a better job, Derrick James doing a better job or me doing a better job than his previous trainer. It’s about him getting out of his comfort zone and not being the boss and doing what he’s told to do in a place where he’s not comfortable.”
He added: “It doesn’t matter who it is, when he comes back, I know they’re going to pick him two or three easy fights so that’s going to make any trainer look good… but it’s a big difference I went in there against Usyk and we still did better than anyone expected.”
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Joshua is expected to return to the ring in March or April at the O2 Arena against a currently undisclosed opponent. Dillian Whyte is understood to be the frontrunner with Otto Wallin as the clear backup option.
Meanwhile, Zhang Zhilei, Filip Hrgovic, and Demsey McKean have all been mentioned in the same conversation by promoter Eddie Hearn.
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