Anthony Joshua admits Rob McCracken may not want to be his trainer for the rematch with Oleksandr Usyk as he is planning on bringing in an American coach.
The former world heavyweight champion travelled to the US to observe training sessions of several high-profile coaches.
Joshua was comprehensively beaten by Oleksandr Usyk last month at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and lost his world titles. With a rematch scheduled for 2022, the Olympic Gold medallist was openly exploring options and visited virgil Hunter, Eddy Reynoso, Ronnie Shields and Robert Garcia.
However, the 32-year-old has not parted company with McCracken – the man who made him a two-time world champion.
Asked if McCracken could remain his trainer, Joshua told IFLTV: “Yeah, and he has to speak to the people I may want to work with and see if he can work with them. “I had the same conversation with Rob, ‘I want to work with you, but I also want to work with this guy for six months’.
“Rob might tell me, ‘You know what champ, this ain’t working for me. For the next six months, you do your thing and come and see me after.’ “It’s mature conversations. My life, my health is on the line.”
Joshua has spent time with some of the most respected trainers in the States as he plans to avenge his second professional defeat in next year’s rematch with Usyk.
“I need to go and get some new teachings from guys that have trained – Robert Garcia trained 13, 14 world champions,” added Joshua. “They’ve got so many generations of teachings
“Virgil Hunter trained Andre Ward, a phenomenal fighter. I wanted to go around and be in an environment of fighters.
“Eddy Reynoso, ‘No boxing, no life.’ I love that saying. Canelo is obviously a phenomenal fighter.
“I watched him spar 12 rounds, asked certain questions. Ronnie Shields, another African American coach who has worked with the greats.”