Anthony Joshua makes call on new coach after Oleksandr Usyk defeat

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British heavyweight Anthony Joshua is set to change coaches ahead of his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk, after losing to the Ukrainian in their first bout in London last month.

Joshua was beaten by Usyk after the latter put on a masterclass to clinch the win on points in front of 65,000 people, on the Englishman’s home soil at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Following the loss it seems that the 31-year-old is now looking to move in a new direction ahead of the rematch, as he is looking for a coaching reshuffle according to American trainer Ronnie Shields.

Joshua has been pictured touring a number of gyms across the United States in recent days, firstly with Joshua Buatsi in Virgil Hunter’s gym, whilst Ronald and Rashidi Ellis uploaded images of the 2012 Olympic champion in Eddy Reynoso’s gym.

Since then AJ has also been seen working alongside coach Shields – who previously trained legendary heavyweight Mike Tyson – after the Texan reported that he teamed up with the Englishman after he reached out for his help in the hunt for a new trainer.

Shields revealed all in an interview with ThaBoxingVoice, as he admitted the former heavyweight champion approached him for his help which he was more than happy to offer.

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Shields said: “It was them who reached out to me. They reached out to me and they asked me would I be interested in taking a look at AJ and he would like to come down to Texas and see if things could work out between him and I.

“I said, ‘yeah, no problem, I would love to take a look at him, love to see if we can mesh together.’”

The veteran trainer has coached some of the biggest names in the sport during his career, and admitted that receiving a call from one of the current best in the business in Joshua did not phase him one bit.

He went on: “For me, anytime I talk boxing I don’t care who I’m talking boxing with. There is no such thing for me as getting nerves or anything like that, because I do this everyday.

“This is not something that is new to me, and names doesn’t mean anything to me. If I can help somebody, I can help somebody and I just tell what I think, what I feel, how I work and we go through it that way.”

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Shields went on to tell ThaBoxingVoice that he believes with his training and guidance, he can help Joshua regain the titles he lost to Usyk.

He added: “It would be great to get him to reclaim his world titles that he lost to Usyk and I think I’ve got the capabilities to help him to do that.

“In the last two days, everything seemed to go well. The first day was just all talk, we talked for about three or four hours.

“And when he came back today I told him I wanted to do just some light padwork with him just to show him everything we talked about.”

Joshua – who has been trained by former middleweight Robert McCracken since 2019 – surprised the American coach during their talks, after Shields revealed the fighter ‘didn’t know certain things’ despite being one of the biggest names in the heavyweight division.

However the 63-year-old admitted that this was more than likely down to how the sport operates differently in Europe to the United States.

Shields commented: “We had a great talk yesterday, today was even greater. There’s something I showed him that he said, ‘Man, I was never taught to do this.’

“It surprises me that a guy who was heavyweight champion of the world don’t know certain things.

“Like he said, ‘European boxing is different from boxing in the United States.’ He realised that he had to come to the United States to get something different.”

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