Anthony Joshua Trainer Unclear As Former Unified Champion Exploring Options Stateside
Former unified heavyweight champion, Britain’s Anthony Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) parted with long-term trainer Robert McCracken after his first defeat to Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk, and since then Joshua’s training situation has been the centre of wide speculation and debate.
It is understood that the British star turned to Californian Robert Garcia in early 2022 and staged his camp for the Usyk rematch with the former Ring Magazine Trainer of the Year.
After another disappointing decision at the hands of the consensus P4P #1, Joshua is once again reconsidering who will train him and is understood to be exploring different options.
In the last few days, AJ has been pictured working out at legendary Californian trainer Virgil Hunter‘s gym in Los Angeles.
Hunter famously coached former P4P #1, Andre Ward, to unified championships both at super middleweight and light heavyweight. British phenom Amir Khan turned to Hunter in 2012 and worked with him for over five years.
Hunter also trains unbeaten light heavyweight contender Joshua Buatsi, who Anthony Joshua manages and is close friends with which helps explain the simplicity of Joshua training at Hunter’s gym even if there is no long-term plan.
Roy Jones Jr has also revealed to boxing media that he was approached by Joshua to train him on a trial basis. It appears that AJ will work with as many different coaches as he can moving forward attempting to learn from some of the best in the world.
Anthony Joshua told Sporting News last month that he wants to be a “free spirit”.
“You know, I locked myself down for 11 years with one coach, and now I just feel like I just want to learn as much as possible. I feel I’m in a position where I’m able to work with anyone. So, yeah, who knows what will happen next year.”