Anthony Joshua is set to reveal his new trainer within weeks… but his ‘mentor and adviser’ Robert McCracken WILL still be part of his team for rematch with Oleksandr Usyk, reveals Eddie Hearn
- Anthony Joshua, 32, has been on a tour of the US and Dubai auditioning trainers
- Floyd Mayweather, Eddy Reynoso, and Virgil Hunter are among his options
- Joshua is set to make an official announcement when training camp begins
- But his long-term trainer Robert McCracken will still be involved in camp
Anthony Joshua is set to reveal his new trainer ahead of training camp as he ramps up preparations for his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk, according to his promoter Eddie Hearn.
The 32-year-old British heavyweight has been on a tour of the US and Dubai auditioning new trainers like Eddy Reynoso, Virgil Hunter, Floyd Mayweather and Anthony Wilson, as he looks to add to his team.
Now, although it could be a risk, Joshua is looking to shake things up as he bids to win his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO belts back in the rematch, which is likely to take place early this year.
Joshua lost for just the second time in his career in September, when the Ukrainian outclassed him to win unanimously on points at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Anthony Joshua is set to announce a new trainer ahead of his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk
Current trainer Robert McCracken (right) is set to remain on the team, at least as a mentor
Eddy Reynoso, Virgil Hunter, Anthony Wilson and Floyd Mayweather are all in the running to become Joshua’s new trainer
Hearn told iFL TV: ‘I think AJ will make an announcement when camp starts, which I guess will be end of January, early February.
‘But he’s worked hard to get it right.
‘A lot of people have said, “do you think it’s risky to bring in a new trainer?”
‘I flip that and say, “do you think it’s risky to not be comfortable with your setup or your surroundings?”
Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed Joshua is set to announce new trainer
When asked if Joshua’s long-term trainer Robert McCracken will stay play a role in the camp, Hearn confirmed he would.
The Matchroom chief continued: ‘He’ll always be involved in some way.
‘He’s more than just a trainer to Anthony Joshua… he’s a mentor, an advisor.
‘Those two will always talk – in what capacity, I don’t know. I’ll leave that to AJ to announce.
‘But there will certainly be additions to the training team.’
Rival Tyson Fury will have a UK homecoming fight on March 26, whether or not that is a defence of his WBC championship against mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte.
Joshua has not absolutely ruled out taking a £40million fortune to not fight anybody and let Fury and Usyk get on immediately with finding out which of them will become the first undisputed world heavyweight champion of the four-belt era
Fury, however, has taken a swipe at his heavyweight rival Joshua for surrendering his belts to Usyk after his sensational defeat in London.
Fury has been mocking Joshua on his recent defeat and allowing Usyk to take away his belts
The Gypsy King mocked AJ, labelling him a ‘big useless dosser’ for allowing Usyk to take away his straps.
‘You know what I can’t believe, that AJ has has gone and given Ukraine all the heavyweight belts back after all my hard work in stealing them,’ he said on Instagram. ‘You big useless dosser.
‘You let a little man come up from middleweight and set about you and take all your belts. Now it is going to take a real British Lancaster Bomber like me to go and bring the belts back to Britain!
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