Anthony Joshua set to ‘make announcement’ on new trainer ahead of Oleksandr Usyk rematch, according to Eddie Hearn

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Anthony Joshua set to ‘make announcement’ on new trainer ahead of Oleksandr Usyk rematch, according to Eddie Hearn

According to Eddie Hearn, Anthony Joshua is set to announce a new trainer with new faces ahead of their Alexander rematch with a ‘certainty’.

The 32-year-old British heavyweight lost his belt to the Ukrainian master in September.

According to Eddie Hearn, Anthony Joshua will announce his instructor status when training camp begins.

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According to Eddie Hearn, Anthony Joshua will announce his instructor status when training camp begins.credit: getty
Joshua has been working with new coaches since losing to Usyk under McCracken in September

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Joshua has been working with new coaches since losing to Usyk under McCracken in Septembercredit: Instagram

Trainer Rob McCracken planned to try out the Southeastern talent on the night at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

But the strategy backfired, and AJ has been working with new trainers ever since.

Joshua tours the US and Dubai to audition for new trainers like Eddie Reynoso, Virgil Hunter and Floyd Mayweather, with McCracken set to fall.

Last week, Hearn claimed that changing trainers would be a ‘huge risk’ – but now claimed a shake-up is on the cards.

On Joshua, Hearn told IFL TV: “He’s working hard.

“Obviously, his trip to the US and later training in the UK with various people … the instructors took off.

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“I think AJ will make an announcement when camp starts, which I think will be in late January, early February.

“But they’ve worked hard to fix it.

“A lot of people have said, ‘Do you think bringing in a new trainer is risky?’

“I turn it over and say, ‘Do you think it’s risky to not be comfortable with your setup or your surroundings?’

“He’s put in the work to make sure he gets it right.

“I think there will be an announcement about their training team when camp starts.”

When asked if he thinks McCracken will continue to play a role in AJ’s camp, Hearn indicated he will.

The matchroom chief continued: “He will always be involved in some way or the other.

“He’s more than just a coach to Anthony Joshua… he’s a mentor, a mentor.

“They’ll both always talk — in what capacity, I don’t know. I’ll leave it to AJ to announce.

“But of course there will be additions to the training team.”

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