Anthony Joshua Talks Changing Trainer For Oleksandr Usyk Rematch
Anthony Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) has brought on Robert Garcia as the new head coach after parting ways with his long-time mentor, Robert McCracken, in the aftermath of his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk last September at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
The former heavyweight champion is going for global glory for a third time next month in what will be his first fight since he removed McCracken from the technical team.
The 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist was on the receiving end of a unanimous decision against the Ukrainian and lost the IBF, WBO, WBA Super and IBO titles respectively. Ahead of his rematch in Jeddah on August 20, the 32-year-old had to say something about his newcomer.
“All these heavyweights are training because they want to take what you have so you must train like you haven’t got anything,” Joshua said speaking to JD Sports.
“As a fighter, it’s important to stay in the gym all year round and I’ve known the fighter I’m fighting, so the approach to the fight has been leading towards the date. When I first turned pro, I did my first few training camps in Eddie’s [Hearn] back garden. That’s where we first started.
“Then, I moved to Tony Sims’ gym, for probably the first two or three fights, and then after that, I was allowed to train in Sheffield. Texas, Fresno, LA, I saw a lot of coaches everywhere before choosing my new trainer and there were coaches that I didn’t get to see, but he was the standout. Robert Garcia is a bad boy coach.”