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Anthony Joshua has visited two notable US gyms in recent days and been seen hanging out with Canelo Alvarez amid rumours that he could change trainers for the Oleksandr Usyk rematch.

 

 

AJ is currently out in America following his loss to the Ukrainian at the end of last month.

 

The Brit was outfoxed by Usyk and beaten via a clear unanimous decision, though he has since activated his contractual clause to force an immediate rematch.

 

At the end of the fight, many were left questioning his tactical approach as he attempted to outbox the smaller technical genius, rather than use his size and strength advantages.

 

 

Questions have also been asked of his training team – led by Rob McCracken – and speculation has subsequently been rife about potential changes. As yet though, there has been nothing official to confirm a switch could be made.

 

 

When AJ lost to Andy Ruiz Jr back in 2019, there were similar rumours, but he stood by McCracken and chose to add additional coaches Angel Fernandez and Joby Clayton to his team instead.

 

 

Together, they won the rematch by comprehensively outboxing Ruiz Jr. This team also drove Joshua to victory over Kubrat Pulev, but had no answers for Usyk.

 

 

First, earlier this week, AJ posted Snapchats showing himself visiting Joshua Buatsi in Virgil Hunter’s gym in Hayward, California. Buatsi is managed by Joshua and the pair are close friends.

 

 

He also put up a Snapchat showing 2016 Olympic super-heavyweight gold medallist Tony Yoka in the gym, who also trains with Hunter.

 

 

On Saturday, another interesting image appeared as AJ posted a Snapchat of himself wearing a ‘No Boxing No Life’ cap – the brand of Canelo Alvarez and Eddy Reynoso.

 

 

Later in the day, boxing brothers Ronald and Rashidi Ellis posted pictures on Instagram confirming Joshua had been in Reynoso’s gym in San Diego, California.

And on Sunday night, a video emerged showing Joshua hanging out with pound-for-pound king Canelo ahead of his undisputed showdown with Caleb Plant on November 6

When asked about rumours of AJ changing trainer earlier in the week, Hearn gave nothing away, but also did not rule anything out.

 

He told Boxing Social: “I think what AJ will wanna do is analyse why he performed like that.

“Yeah, the tactics weren’t right, he underperformed, but why?

“It’s difficult just to say, ‘He didn’t get the tactics right and he underperformed,’ because let’s talk about the brilliance of Usyk as well.

 

“But AJ will always look at his preparation and see how he can improve.

“If that’s changing things up, looking at bringing people in, or whatever he’s got to do, he will do that.”

 

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