Anthony Joshua has been spotted working with trainer Anthony ‘Chill’ Wilson ahead of his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk next year.
Following his September defeat to Oleksandr Usyk, the former heavyweight champion spent a number of weeks in the US working with some of boxing’s top coaches.
Rob McCracken has been the main man in Joshua’s corner at every step in his career to date – from winning Olympic gold at London 2012, to turning professional and conquering the heavyweight division.
But he has faced criticism since that defeat to Usyk when Joshua was dominated by the former cruiserweight king.
Joshua is expected to take on Usyk again in April where there could be changes in his corner.
Wilson joins the list of potential new additions after sharing footage of Joshua hitting the pads whilst out in Dubai over the festive period.
During his recent trip to the US, Joshua spent time working with highly-rated US coaches Ronnie Shields and Virgil Hunter. He also visited Eddy Reynoso’s gym, with pound-for-pound great Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, lightweight sensation Ryan Garcia and super-featherweight champion Oscar Valdez among his stable of fighters.
While Joshua has suggested McCracken will remain part of his set-up, his promoter Eddie Hearn feels now be the right time for Joshua to leave behind home comforts in Sheffield and move into an environment where he can be ‘roughed up’.
‘It’s not just about who’s training him, it’s about where,’ Hearn said.
‘Rob’s in Sheffield and that’s his base. I feel it might be time to move on from that environment because when you’ve been there since you were 18 and you go into GB and Anthony Joshua is everywhere, he’s a god.
‘I just feel it’s time to rough him up a little bit, not in log cabins in the middle of nowhere. But up there it’s ‘Oh my God, it’s AJ!’ because they’re proud of him.’
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