Anthony Joshua is set to reveal his new coach in a matter of weeks… but his “mentor and advisor” Robert McCracken will remain part of his squad for the rematch with Oleksandr Osek, Eddie Hearn has revealed
- Anthony Joshua, 32, was on tour on test coaches in the US and Dubai
- Among his options are Floyd Mayweather, Eddie Renoso and Virgil Hunter
- Joshua is due to make an official announcement when the bootcamp begins
- But his long-term coach Robert McCracken will remain in the camp
Anthony Joshua is set to reveal his new coach ahead of his training camp as he ramps up his preparations for the rematch with Oleksandr Usek, according to his promoter Eddie Hearn.
The 32-year-old British heavyweight has toured the US and Dubai to test new coaches like Eddie Renoso, Virgil Hunter, Floyd Mayweather and Anthony Wilson, as he looks to add to his squad.
Now, though it may be a risk, Joshua is looking to turn things around as he tries to win the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO belts again in a rematch, which will likely take place early this year.
Joshua lost only for the second time in his career in September, when he was overtaken by the Ukrainian to win a unanimous victory on points at Tottenham Hotspur.
Anthony Joshua is set to announce a new coach before the rematch with Oleksandr Usyk
Current coach Robert McCracken (right) is set to remain on the squad, at least as a mentor
“I think AJ will make an announcement when camp starts, which I think will be the end of January, early February,” Hearn told iFL TV.
But he worked hard to get it right.
A lot of people said, “Do you think it’s dangerous to bring in a new coach?”
“I flip that around and say, ‘Do you think it’s dangerous to not be comfortable with your setting or your surroundings? “
Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed Joshua is ready to announce a new coach
When asked if longtime Joshua coach Robert McCracken would still be playing in the camp, Hearn confirmed he would.
The match room chief continued: “He will always be involved in some way.
He’s more than just a coach for Anthony Joshua… he’s a mentor and advisor.
These 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 coaching staff.”
Rival Tyson Fury will battle his homecoming in the UK on March 26, whether it be defending his WBC Championship against mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte.
Joshua hasn’t entirely ruled out taking a £40m fortune to not fight anyone and letting Fury and Usyk immediately go ahead with figuring out which of them will become the first undisputed world heavyweight champion of the four belt era
However, Fury criticized heavyweight rival Joshua for handing his belts to Usyck after his dramatic defeat in London.
Fury was making fun of Joshua for his recent defeat and letting Usek take off his belts
The Gypsy King mocked AJ, calling him a “useless big file” for letting Usik pull his belts.
He said on Instagram: ‘You know what I can’t believe, AJ has gone and given Ukraine all of his heavyweight belts after all my hard work stealing them.’ “You are a useless large file.
You let a little guy come in from a middle weight and pick you up and take all your belts. Now it would take a true British Lancaster bomber like me to go and bring the belts back to Britain!