Anthony Joshua is ‘more capable’ of avenging his disastrous loss against Oleksandr Usyak after changing his coach.
The Watford Warriors are said to have parted company with longtime coach Rob McCracken for their potential do or die rematch with the undefeated Usick, although the identity of their new coach is still a mystery.
And renowned coach Don Charles believes the former unified heavyweight champion could very well hold on to the title following his decision to have a new set to oversee his progress.
He told BoxingSocial: “If that kid never boxed or boxed again and lost again, yes, what has he achieved and has changed his life and the lives of his family and boxing around the world.” But what an impact it has had and all the kids who are boxing in my gym, all the kids who do one boxing across the country, all over the world, it’s all because of Anthony Joshua’s legacy.
“I hope he will go and get his victory. I think he is capable of avenging that loss.”
Joshua’s loyalty is questioned after an apparent separation from McCracken, but Charles believes he deserves to be guided by the separation following his crushing loss.
He said: “In life, you evaluate things, you look and examine things. And whatever you think is good for you, then you do that.”
“If he chooses to go and change his team, that’s up to him. If he feels like he needs to move on to try to add to what he already has, then again Well, it’s completely up to him.
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“He’s looking at some coaches and he has every right to do so.”
Although the pair’s professional relationship has come to an end, Charles believes that Joshua’s achievements with McCracken will never be forgotten.
He added: “What he and Robert have achieved is unimaginable.
“If you turned on winning Olympic gold and told him, ‘In ten years’ time, you’re going to be the most recognized boxer on the planet, around the world.
“‘You’re going to make X amount of money but there are some conditions. Those conditions are: You’re going to lose to Andy Ruiz.
“‘You’ll get the title, but you’re going to lose to Andy Ruiz and then you’re going to lose to a guy named Oleksandr Usyk.
“‘Are you ready to take it or are you going to say no because I don’t want those losses?’ That’s how life goes.”
Joshua and Usyak, 32 and 34 respectively, were initially set to renew their rivalry in March, but are now set to do battle again in April.
And AJ is determined to erase the heart-wrenching memory of a September night at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
He told Sky Sports: “I have high hopes for myself.
“So I felt like when I lost the first time I never made an excuse but I had reason.
“I took my loss but knew I would get it back. So I just brushed up on it. But it hurt because I was 100 percent.
“There was no problem. Everything was good. I just went out there and lost the night to the better man, and it hurt.
“But it gave me the motivation to get myself out of that situation. Mentally it killed me, and I fought my way back, and I’d redeem myself.”
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