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Anthony Joshua Is Working With New Coaches After Oleksandr Usyk Loss

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Anthony Joshua Is Working With New Coaches After Oleksandr Usyk Loss

Anthony Joshua could be set to replace long time coach Rob McCracken, and has already held talks with Mike Tyson's former trainer.

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In the aftermath of his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk, Joshua's trainer McCracken, who he has worked with since his Team GB days as an amateur athlete, and helped him win gold at the 2012 Olympics, has come in for criticism.

It was the same following AJ's first defeat, the stoppage by Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019, but the boxer stuck with his trainer and it worked out, as he got revenge over the Mexican in their rematch.

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However this time it looks like the former world champion is looking for a fresh approach, if he's to beat Usyk in their rematch, as he has already trained with another coach.

Footage of the 32-year-old training with Mike Tyson's former coach Ronnie Shields was shared by Nigerian heavyweight Efetobor Apochi on social media.

Shields, who currently trains WBC world middleweight champion Jermall Charlo, confirmed they had some sessions together and exactly what they did.

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"They reached out to me and they asked if I would be interested in taking a look at AJ and that he wanted to come down to Texas and see if things would work out between him and I," the man who previously looked after Tyson and Arturo Gatti told ThaBoxingVoice.

"I said, 'No problem, I would love to see if we had a connection together'.

"It would be great to get him to reclaim the world titles he lost to Usyk and I think I've got the capabilities to help him do that.

Joshua was completely outboxed by Usyk. Image: PA Images
Joshua was completely outboxed by Usyk. Image: PA Images
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"For the last two days everything seemed to go well. The first day we talked for about three or four hours and when he came back today we did some light pad work to show him everything we talked about.

"You have to be able to show a fighter what you really mean. We did some light work and I put him through some drills to help him understand what I'd told him the day before.

"For me it's about the gameplan. We talked about a lot of stuff and we watched a few rounds of the Usyk fight together. I pointed out a few things that he should have done but he didn't do.

"I think our chemistry was really good but I'm not going to lose sleep over [whether he chooses me]."

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AJ with McCracken. Image: PA Images
AJ with McCracken. Image: PA Images

As well as working with Shields, Joshua is understood to have worked with Canelo Alvarez's trainer Eddie Reynoso, as he toured several American gyms.

In the lead up to his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury actually claimed he, along with his coach SugarHill Steward, would train his rival to reclaim the three versions of the world title Fury himself doesn't own.

It's not been confirmed that AJ won't continue using McCracken in his corner but he is at very least considering additional help, as he attempts to become a three time world champion.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter

Topics: Anthony Joshua, Oleksandr Usyk, Mike Tyson

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