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Joshua names new coach ahead of Usyk rematch

ANTHONY Joshua will be training with a new coach in preparation for his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk, the former world boxing champion has revealed.

The British heavyweight with Nigerian heritage has promoted assistant coach Angel Fernandez to his head trainer ahead of the world title rematch billed for later in the year.

Joshua lost his World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organisation belts for the second time in four fights when he was outpointed by Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in September.

He faced criticism for his tactical approach to the second defeat of his career and began a search for a new trainer to potentially work alongside longtime coach Rob McCracken.

“I’m working with Angel Fernandez right now,” Joshua told Behind The Gloves. “He’s been in my camp for the last three years anyway.”

When he was sked if Fernandez would be his main trainer, Joshua replied, “Yeah, man”.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn had previously admitted he thought it was time for a change of approach.

“I feel it might be time to move on from that environment because when you’ve been there since you were 18 and you go into GB and Anthony Joshua is everywhere, he’s a god,” he said.

“I just feel it’s time to rough him up a little bit, not in log cabins in the middle of nowhere. “But up there it’s ‘oh my God, it’s AJ!’ because they’re proud of him. Rob is not necessarily gone.

“That’s a conversation for those guys and it’s very difficult because is more than just a trainer, he’s a mentor to him, an advisor, a friend. It’s not just about who’s training him, it’s about where that’s going to take place.”

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