Anthony Joshua CONFIRMS he will ‘work with some new coaches’ and then ‘go to war’ in Oleksandr Usyk rematch

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Anthony Joshua CONFIRMS he will 'work with some new coaches' and then 'go to war' in Oleksandr Usyk rematch

Anthony Joshua has confirmed that he will ‘work with some new coaches’ and will then ‘go to war’ against Alexander Usik.

Joshua was left questioning his training team after a more than 12-round loss to Usyak in September.

Trainers Rob McCracken and Anthony Joshua

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Trainers Rob McCracken and Anthony Joshuacredit: Getty Images – Getty
Anthony Joshua pictured in Dubai

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Anthony Joshua pictured in Dubaicredit: getty

After the loss, AJ visited several gyms and coaches in the US, prior to his contracted rematch with Ukraine this year.

But for the first time ever, Joshua has announced that he will be changing his training crew after consulting with Rob McCracken.

He said in a Dubai interview: “I am a loyal character. I believe loyalty is important.

“I’ve been to Sheffield and have had a good conversation with my coach and I want to try some new things, I want to try a new environment.

“Maybe I can do a training camp in Dubai, maybe I can do a training camp in Africa, in America – a new environment to get inspired again and take the heavyweight division by storm.

“That’s what 2022 is for me – reform, restructuring, a new environment and staying on top.

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“New environment, work with some new coaches and just go to war. It’s a warrior mentality.”

Joshua has yet to reveal whether head coach McCracken will be replaced or another cornerman will be hired.

He led AJ to a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics and two unified heavyweight titles in the professional ranks.

And after 32-year-old Joshua, 32-year-old Andy Ruiz Jr. also stunned in June 2019, he remained loyal to McCracken.

He added Angel Fernandez and Joby Clayton to his team six months later, winning on points.

New environment, work with some new coaches and just go to war. This is a warrior mentality.

Anthony Joshua

But AJ admitting defeat to 34-year-old Usyk was different this time around – but the second time he is driven to exact revenge.

Joshua told Sky Sports: “When I lost the first time, I never made excuses, but I had my reasons and I knew I would get it back.

“But it hurt because I was 100 percent, no problem, everything was good.

“I went there and I lost to the better man that night and it hurt.

“But it inspired me to get myself out of the situation where it killed me mentally. And I fought my way back and I’d get myself out.”

In September, Anthony Joshua was defeated by Oleksandr Usik.

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In September, Anthony Joshua was defeated by Oleksandr Usik.credit: Rex

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