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Anthony Joshua has travelled to America in a bid to find a new trainer for the rematch against Oleksandr Usyk. The Briton lost his unified world titles in damaging fashion with Usyk dominating large parts of the London showdown. The 31-year-old is at least fortunate to have a rematch clause so he can set course for immediate redemption early next year.

 

 

 

Many later questioned his tactical approach to the fight coming in at a much lighter weight to try and outbox the Ukrainian. But ultimately he fell widely short of the mark and was unable to compete with the slick movement of the new champion.

 

 

 

Now Joshua has made his way across the pond in a search for a new trainer, to co-ordinate a masterplan to give him the biggest chance of becoming three-time world champion.

 

 

Here are the three leading candidates for the position if he opts to re-locate to America…

Ronnie Shields

Joshua has recently visited Shields in his Texas-based Plex Boxing Gym and reportedly for a trial session with footage later emerging of the pair.  The American currently trains WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo and Cuban legend Guillermo Rigondeaux.

 

 

And he is famed for training several legends including legendary heavyweight pair Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield in addition to two-weight world champion Arturo Gatti. Joshua was pictured laughing and joking with the 63-year-old and Shields spoke about Joshua’s plans for the future and what they got up to during the trial session.

 

 

Anthony Joshua with Jermall Charlo, Jermell Charlo and Ronnie Shields
Shields told Thaboxingvoice : “They reached out to me and they asked if I would be interested in taking a look at AJ and that he wanted to come down to Texas and see if things would work out between him and I.

 

 

“It would be great to get him to reclaim the world titles he lost to Usyk and I think I’ve got the capabilities to help him do that. “For the last two days everything seemed to go well. The first day we talked fro about three or four hours and when he came back today we did some light pad work to show him everything we talked about.”

 

 

Virgil Hunter

 

 


Joshua’s tour took him to west coast of America to meet highly-touted trainer Hunter in his gym in Hayward, California. Hunter is currently training the likes of light-heavyweight star Joshua Buatsi and Souleymane Cissokho are both already managed by Joshua’s label 258MGT.

 

 

 

And Joshua could choose to follow in the footsteps of Buatsi, who uprooted to America in search of a transformation to unlock his style. Hunter has also coached famous world champion Andre Ward who retired undefeated and with belts in two weight classes.

 

 

 

The American has also worked with Amir Khan, and paired up with Ward when he was recognised as the pound-for-pound king. Buatsi gave an assessment of his new trainer: “Very calm is the best way to describe him. He is very strategic, he says just enough. He is very, very positive and optimistic.

 

 

“If I don’t get something right straight away, it’s not the end of the world. He has the right mindset.” Joshua will be hoping to undergo a transformation of his own if he opts for Hunter, with a huge rematch against Usyk next year.

 

 

Eddy Reynoso

 

 


Joshua also began his American tour with a visit to modern-era great trainer Reynoso in San Diego, California. Reynoso is currently responsible for the current pound-for-pound king Canelo Alvarez with whom he has enjoyed a 16-year relationship.

 

 

And Reynoso has arguably the most star-studded boxing gym in the world which is led by his talisman who is considered the sport’s top current athlete.

 

 

 

Also on his books include internet sensation Ryan Garcia, Joshua’s former conqueror Andy Ruiz Jr and super-featherweight champion Oscar Valdez.  His current record with these fighters is fast giving him a reputation as a cosmic name in boxing.

 

 

Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn were pictured with Canelo and his team as he prepares for his undisputed clash with Caleb Plant, and ‘AJ’ would certainly benefit from an array of stars on show.

Canelo and Ruiz’s aggressive styles could be an eye-opener for Joshua who has been criticised for ditching his forward style after the Usyk defeat.

Reynoso has bagged the Trainer of the Year award twice consecutively and would be a huge addition to Joshua’s corner.

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