Anthony Joshua ready to do 'it all again' after Usyk loss
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Anthony Joshua has been told who he should hire as his new trainer if he decides to dispense with the services of his long-time ally Rob McCracken. The trainer took the flack after Joshua’s defeat to Oleksandr Usyk, with many suggesting the Briton’s fight tactics were all wrong.
Joshua was outboxed by the Ukrainian at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September, and suffered the second defeat of his career.
The Brit is said to be unhappy with his corner after that loss, and could make changes ahead of his planned rematch with Usyk.
He reshuffled his pack after his surprise defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019 before making light work of winning his belts back – though it is unlikely to be so simple this time.
While Ruiz admitted himself he had not taken the rematch as seriously as required following months of partying and celebration, Usyk – one of the best pound-for-pound boxers around – will be fully focussed.
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To prepare for the task at hand, Joshua has been touring a handful of gyms in America to get wisdom from the likes of Eddy Reynoso, Virgil Hunter and Ronnie Shields.
If he decided to bring in a permanent replacement for McCracken, former world champion Andy Lee has suggested who he thinks would be the ideal appointment.
Lee put cousin Tyson Fury with SugarHill Steward – a partnership which has proven fruitful – and has suggested Joshua should consider joining forces with Adam Booth.
“I saw an interview Anthony Joshua did with you and he said he respected my opinion, which I really appreciated,” Lee told iFL TV.
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“Without sounding arrogant, Tyson and SugarHill are together because of me, I could see that was the perfect relationship.
“And if Anthony Joshua rates me and wants to listen to anything then I think the best coach out there for Anthony Joshua is Adam Booth. For me, Adam Booth is the best trainer in the country.”
Booth has an impressive CV, having trained Lee himself as well as the likes of David Haye and George Groves.
Lee said he doesn’t believe Joshua needs to replace McCracken, but suggested the fighter thinks long and hard about giving Booth a shot if he does decide a change is needed.
But he warned that Booth may insist on keeping Joshua’s entourage at arm’s length.
“Nobody has an understanding of the game like Adam Booth. Nobody knows what it takes to improve a fighter like Adam Booth,” he added.
“But I think it would come with a few conditions, like when it is time for the training the only person who walks through that gym door is Anthony Joshua.
“They lock the door behind them and they get to work and every day is like that. Adam has already told me a few things he has seen, just over a few text messages, about how he would improve Joshua.
“Rob McCracken is a great coach and he does not need replacing, in my eyes, but if he is then I think he should at least touch base with Adam and explore that avenue.”
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