Anthony Joshua Chooses New Trainer For Comeback Fight
Joshua has reportedly agreed to terms to face Jermaine Franklin.
British boxer Anthony Joshua has chosen Derrick James as his next trainer and there seems to be a positive response from worldwide sporting media people, including Roy Jones.
The Britisher has endured tough contests in his last few bouts in boxing, as he has gone winless since 2020. He suffered consecutive losses against Oleksandr Usyk, which made him surrender his unified world titles.
When Joshua suffered his first defeat to the Ukrainian, he parted ways with trainer Rob McCracken. Instead, he hired Robert Garcia, who led 14 fighters to world titles previously.
However, their partnership only lasted one match as Joshua tasted defeat again to Usyk. Since then, the 33-year-old has been touring the USA to identify the best trainer and it looks like has got one in James.
The American boxing trainer has previously worked with Errol Spence Jr. and Jermell Charlo. Former world champion Jones Jr. believes that Joshua has made the correct decision.
“Great decision, great decision,” Jones Jr. told Pro Boxing fans. “I told him before he did it that I thought it was a great decision, a great move.
“I said if you feel comfortable there, don’t keep going around looking. If you’re comfortable, stay where you’re comfortable at.
“[I told him], don’t come to me, it’ll just confuse you more. And now he’ll be like, ‘Should I go here or…?’ No, don’t do that. If you’re comfortable there, stay there, where you’re at.
“And then a couple of days later he said okay. He stayed with James, and that was perfect for him because I think James may be able to get him to apply the type of pressure that he needs to apply as a bigger man when he fights people like Usyk.”