Anthony Joshua has told potential ‘spies’ at his training camp to ‘f**k off’ ahead of his do or die rematch with Alexander Usyk.
The Watford Warriors will bid to reclaim the unified heavyweight title from Cunning Southeastern in April, although the date for their second bout has yet to be announced.
Joshua, 32, has left longtime coach Rob McCracken for Crunch Clash, but has yet to keep a lid on the identity of his new head trainer.
And she sent out a message to potential bean spillers on Instagram, sharing a list of gym rules that included the warning: “Anyone who cheats on our gym or visits spies, f**k off.” Because we don’t want you.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn believes Joshua has taken a ‘big risk’ to hire a new coach a month before one of the biggest battles of his career.
The head of Matchroom Boxing said: “It’s a huge risk, but if you think you need a change and you can’t move in a specific way, the option is a lot more risky.
“If AJ didn’t make any changes and wasn’t comfortable with his approach going into the rematch, I think we shouldn’t have had that rematch.
“But the fact that he has been very proactive and positive and whatever path he goes, I know he will be comfortable with that decision.
Anthony Joshua’s Gym Rules
- Sub pay.
- No. About the f*****g, boxing is a serious business.
- Protect hands, wear bandages.
- No fuss without a gum shield.
- be on time.
- Give 100 percent, we will give.
- After training, sweat.
- Wear warm clothes when leaving the gym.
- Keep your mouth shut until you know what you are talking about.
- Anyone who cheats on our gym or visits spies, f**k off because we don’t want you.”
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“I’m a lot more comfortable than the flip side, which is to leave it. He needs something new, he’s excited.
“The main thing for him in this fight is to be mentally comfortable with his preparation.”
Joshua suffered a one-off points loss to undefeated Usik in their Tottenham feud last September, potentially ending a lucrative Britain fight with Tyson Fury.
The crushing defeat has passed away at the London 2012 Olympian, who told Sky Sports last week: “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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