Joshua management breaks silence on trainer situation

Emotional Anthony Joshua explains erratic behaviour after defeat

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258 Management’s head of boxing Will Harvey has confirmed that Anthony Joshua has had no official conversations about changing his current training set-up despite rampant speculation. Rumours began to circulate that Joshua was looking to switch up his backroom team after AJ stated that he wants to be a ‘free spirit’ when it comes to his training.

Roy Jones Jr’s name was thrown into the mix with the boxing legend claiming he had spoken to Joshua about the possibility of coming on board. But Harvey affirms that there has been communication between Jones Jr and 258.

Speaking to Seconds Out, he said: “The Roy Jones situation, I can tell you now, there’s been no official conversations about Roy Jones coming into the camp at all. AJ was out in Abu Dhabi for the Bivol fight, I think Roy was there as well, they were talking.

“Roy’s a Hall of Famer, AJ’s going to chew his ear off and get advice from him but that’s as far as it’s gone about bringing Roy into the setup and there have been no official conversations about changing the set-up that we’ve got at the moment. It’s all hearsay and speculation at the moment.”

After his first loss to Oleksandr Usyk, Joshua axed long-time mentor Rob McCracken and acquired the services of legendary trainer Robert Garcia. The 2012 Ring Magazine trainer of the year joined existing assistant coach Angel Fernandez in helping him prepare for the rematch down at his base camp at Loughborough University.

Under Garcia, Joshua showed marked improvements from the first fight, but their relationship has become less clear in recent months. The Mexican American says that he won’t be able to train Joshua in the future unless he relocates to California in order to train at his gym during camps.

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This would be a massive jump for Joshua having spent a lot of time building a ‘positive atmosphere’ down at Loughborough, but it is one that could reignite his flame after losing two on the bounce.

Regardless, the Watford powerhouse returns to action early next year against a currently undisclosed opponent. According to promoter Eddie Hearn, the winner of Dillian Whyte and Jermaine Franklin on November 26 is the ‘frontrunner’ to take on Joshua next while Otto Wallin and Zhang Zhilei have also been mentioned as possible options.

 

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