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AJ is currently spending time in America following his decision defeat to the Ukrainian last month and has been spotted in various gyms during the trip where he has been working with different trainers.

 

At the end of the Usyk loss, many were left questioning the Brit’s 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.

 

 

One of the trainers Joshua has been seen with in America – Ronnie Shields – has since spoken out and confirmed AJ was in his gym to explore the possibility of switching coach.

 

 


Nothing is set in stone as yet, but so far it’s known that Joshua has visited four different American trainers

 

Whyte told Fight Night on talkSPORT: “The easiest thing to do when you lose is to question the people around you instead of questioning yourself.

 

 

 

“Robert McCracken is a great trainer – look what he’s done for Carl Froch and other people on the GB squad.

“But when you lose you start looking for excuses, ‘Ah maybe I didn’t sleep enough, maybe it’s my coaches.’

“Joshua’s problem is with himself, it’s not with his coaches – it’s him.

 

“He let all these idiots come around him and start telling him, ‘Ah, yeah, do this and be like this.’

“He should’ve started steaming Usyk after a few rounds, he should’ve at least tried.

“He just subdued to a 12-round beating.”

 

 

 

Asked if he believes AJ can triumph in the rematch, Whyte replied: “I don’t know. I thought Usyk stopped him in the last round.

“I thought the referee should’ve stopped it.”

Whyte’s view is one shared by Tyson Fury’s promoter in America Bob Arum.

“Listen, whatever new trainer he gets, he ain’t gonna beat Oleksandr Usyk,” he said. “Not now, not next year, never. Usyk is too smart for him. Joshua is not gonna learn in six months what he never learned – how to fight a southpaw.”

 

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