Anthony Joshua said he wants to be a ‘free spirit’ before leaving coach Robert Garcia, but even ahead of his loss to Usyk their relationship was in doubt having not seen ‘eye to eye’ in training… so, where did it go wrong? And who could be next?
Eddie Hearn says that Anthony Joshua has split from his trainer Robert Garcia Hearn has revealed that the 33-year-old boxer will return to the ring in the spring Joshua has not fought since his defeat to Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk in August
Anthony Joshua is expected to return to the ring in 2023 but there are concerns over his comeback already. The 33-year-old British heavyweight boxer is said to have split with his trainer Robert Garcia and is reportedly building a new team in the United States.
Sounds familiar doesn’t it? The is not the first time AJ has sacked his team. He split from his long-term trainer Rob McCracken following his first defeat to Oleksandr Usyk.
Joshua’s bout with Usyk took place on 25 September 2021 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. AJ went into the fight feeling confident he could win but the Ukrainian boxer won by unanimous decision.
Anthony Joshua has reportedly split from his trainer Robert Garcia ahead of his return
AJ immediately exercised the rematch clause in his contract and embarked on a Stateside tour to find himself a new coaching team following the humbling defeat.
He spent time with Virgil Hunter, Ronnie Shields and Eddy Reynoso but decided to partner with Garcia – who is a highly-decorated Mexican-American coach with a catalogue of world champions on his CV.
Joshua had high hopes for his partnership with Garcia but it seemed as though the pair never really clicked. The 33-year-old British boxer came up short in his rematch with Usyk – losing via split decision in Saudi Arabia.
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Emotions were evidently running high after the fight as Joshua threw two of Usyk’s belts out of the ring and onto the floor. He then headed for his changing room before storming back to shake Usyk’s hand and steal the microphone.
He went on an expletive-filled rant, discussing the fight, his career and the crisis in Ukraine. Joshua also led the sell-out crowd in Jeddah through ‘three cheers for Usyk’ before highlighting his astonishment at Ukrainian fighters being able to produce title-winning performances during the war in his home country.
Concerns over Joshua’s mental health mounted after his outburst – with the likes of Tony Bellew jumping to his defence.
Shortly after the incident, Joshua revealed he would be taking some time away from boxing and told his fans he would return to the ring in 2023.
Hearn also revealed Joshua split with coach Garcia (right of AJ) and is in search of a new team
But Joshua failed to mention he would be returning to the canvas with a completely new coaching team in his corner.
Hearn confirmed the news when speaking to Behind The Gloves: ‘No, he is good. He is out in America at the moment working on his new team.
‘He is getting that together and then we will get an opponent sorted and the date is pretty much locked in. It is pretty much sorted and we are looking forward to seeing him return.’