Floyd Mayweather Jr ready to train Anthony Joshua for Oleksandr Usyk rematch
Floyd Mayweather Jr has offered to join Anthony Joshua’s team ahead of his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk, suggesting a break from long-time trainer Rob McCracken is in order.
Since losing his IBF, WBO and WBA heavyweight titles to Usyk in September, Joshua has visited a number of US-based coaches as seeks to shake up his corner following that comprehensive defeat in London.
‘I had to make changes. If you remain the same, you get the same results,’ Joshua said this week.
Among the trainers the 2012 Olympian has visited are Ronnie Shields, a former coach of Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, and Eddy Reynoso, the long-time trainer of Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
Joshua’s current trainer McCracken has been in the heavyweight’s corner since his amateur days, an approach Mayweather believes can cause problems.
The five-weight world champion was ringside to watch Joshua defend his world titles against IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev last December and later revealed a potential link-up with ‘AJ’ was on the way.
And the American has now extended an offer to help the fallen champion ahead of next year’s rematch.
‘I told him from the beginning, I came on the record from the beginning, I told him to come and I could teach him some pointers,’ Mayweather said.
‘A lot of the time, this is just my take, the same coach you had as an amateur doesn’t always make you a great professional.
‘Some guys are great at amateur coaching and some guys are great at professional coaching, and even my dad was the best at professional.
‘At the amateurs, he was teaching me like a professional, so I’m going to always speak real whether people like it or not.
‘I feel like Anthony Joshua, they’re going to different coaches and saying ‘this coach is going to work with him’.
‘But I told him at the beginning when he was undefeated ‘you’ve got some things you need to tweak because if you don’t then you may come up short’.’
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