Frank Bruno throws his hat into the ring to help Anthony Joshua reclaim heavyweight belts
Anthony Joshua ready to do 'it all again' after Usyk loss
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Frank Bruno says he’d ‘love’ to help Anthony Joshua as the British heavyweight prepares for his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk. Joshua, 32, was left stunned in September when the Ukrainian outclassed him at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to take his WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO belts.
The defeat scuppered Joshua’s plans for a long-awaited bout with Tyson Fury, and he will be under pressure to avenge his defeat to Usyk and raise the possibility of that all-British bout happening in 2022.
The Matchroom fighter responded to the blow by immediately triggering his rematch clause, with the clash set to take place in Spring 2022, and has since been on the hunt for a new trainer.
Joshua has long worked with coach Rob McCracken, a relationship that dates back to him winning Gold at the London 2012 Olympics, with Joby Clayton and Angel Fernandez having also come on board for his last two fights.
However, the comprehensive defeat to Usyk, 34, has sparked him into seeking a change of approach and he hasn’t been short of public offers.
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Tyson Fury and Mike Tyson have been among a host of high-profile names to offer to help prepare Joshua, with ‘The Gypsy King’ denying the offer to his rival was tongue in cheek.
Former WBC heavyweight champion Bruno has no doubts that ‘AJ’ can bounce back, and has said he’s only a phone call away.
“This isn’t the end of the AJ story. Sometimes in life you have to lose to win. I know that better than most,” Bruno, 60, told The Sun.
“Anthony now needs to keep a level head, work hard and come back.
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“I think he’s still got the fire in his belly and he’ll want to prove a few people wrong by coming back stronger. If I can help in any way I’d love to. He just needs to call me.”
Whilst regaining his belts is currently his primary focus, Bruno also believes that Joshua still has a burning desire for an eventual unification bout with Fury, 33.
The pair were deep in negotiations for a bout in Saudi Arabia in 2021 when their plans were scuppered by Deontay Wilder, who took legal action against the Manchester man after claiming he was contractually bound to face him next in the pair’s trilogy fight.
A court ruling duly favoured ‘The Bronze Bomber’, but although it was Fury who came through their epic fight in Las Vegas, Joshua’s defeat means it is now Dillian Whyte in line to be his next challenger.
“AJ will also want to fight Tyson and prove he’s the best fighter in the world — but that part won’t be easy!” added Bruno.
Joshua himself is yet to speak publicly on his coaching situation, but recently travelled to America to meet and work with potential mentors.
His trip included spending two days with Ronnie Shields, a former trainer of heavyweight legends Evander Holyfield and [Mike] Tyson.
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