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Anthony Joshua told to "stick with what you know" amid new coach search


Joshua has been travelling around the US in search of a new coach after his loss to Oleksandr Usyk but Jamie Moore thinks he should stick with Rob McCracken

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Anthony Joshua has been advised by boxing trainer Jamie Moore to stay with trainer Rob McCracken for his rematch against Oleksandr Usyk.

Joshua has recently been touring the US in search of a new trainer after being outpointed by Usyk last month.

The Brit has spent time with Canelo Alvarez’s trainer Eddie Reynoso and Andre Ward’s former coach Virgil Hunter in California.

‘AJ’ has also been training with Ronnie Shields, who currently coaches Jermall Charlo and has formerly trained Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.

Moore is a former British and European titleholder who since retiring from the sport has trained the likes of Carl Frampton and Amir Khan.

He thinks McCracken knows Joshua inside out and could guide him to success in a second fight with Usyk.








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“As a fighter, you have to make these types of decisions, sometimes they’re not nice. If he feels like he needs a change for his career, then he needs a change,” Moore told iFL TV.

“If he didn’t then he wouldn’t be looking elsewhere. I don’t think from a technical or a tactical point of view he needs a change from Rob McCracken. I think Rob knows him inside out.

“Looking from the outside in, I would be saying you don’t need to change trainer. I’d stick with what he knows best. But he obviously feels like he needs a change.”

Joshua has not formally announced whether he will part ways with Rob McCracken for his rematch with Usyk.

It’s understood the Brit does intend to keep coach Angel Fernandez in his team.

Joshua has been told his confidence is “ruined” and he is afraid of being hit since his 2019 loss to Andy Ruiz.

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Moore feared Joshua would try and outbox Usyk when he weighed in at one of his lightest career weights for the fight.

And he thinks the number of talented coaches in Britain is far more than what it used to be.

“I think 15 or 20 years ago a fighter going to America to get a trainer made sense because the depth in quality wasn’t the same. I don’t think that’s the case now,” he continued.

“We’ve got a lot of top-class coaches and fighters over here. We’re level pegging at least or maybe even in front of America.

“If it’s a decision he’s making based on he needs a change of scenery, needs to refocus. Then I understand that, whether he could take Rob away is probably not an option because of Rob’s commitments over here.”


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