Anthony Joshua has taken a ‘huge risk’ in rematching Oleksandr Usyk, but AJ is ‘excited’ for the fight.


Anthony Joshua has taken a ‘huge risk’ in rematching Oleksandr Usyk, but AJ is ‘excited’ about the fight.

ANTHONY JOSHUA could be taking a big risk in his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk for the world title, after losing last year.

Eddie Hearn, the promoter of Matchroom Boxing, believes Anthony Joshua is taking a risk by switching trainers, but that doing nothing is a riskier option.

Joshua is preparing to fight Oleksandr Usyk for the second time after losing his WBO, WBA, IBO, and IBF titles to the Ukrainian in September 2021 in north London.

Floyd Mayweather, the boxing legend, oversaw an Anthony Joshua training session in the Middle East and even offered to help coach the British fighter ahead of his rematch with Usyk, which is set to take place in April.

Mayweather kept an eye on Joshua as he moved to the hanging bag, where he displayed more of his arsenal, including powerful hooks and uppercuts.

Mayweather is one of many well-known figures who have been watching Joshua go through the motions in training while the former world champion has scoured the United States for new coaches to join his team.

The 32-year-old has spent the last decade at the GB Boxing headquarters in Sheffield, where he worked under Rob McCracken.

“It’s a huge risk,” Hearn said of his possible coach change. “But if you feel like you need a change and you can’t go on in that way any longer, the alternative is much more risky.”

“I feel like we shouldn’t be taking that rematch if AJ didn’t make any changes and wasn’t comfortable with his approach going into the rematch.”

“However, because he’s been so proactive and positive, I’m confident he’ll be happy with whatever path he chooses.”

“I’m a lot more at ease with this option than with the alternative, which is to leave it.”

He’s looking for something new, and he’s very excited about it.

“Being mentally comfortable with his preparation is crucial for him in this fight.”

Joshua is on vacation in Dubai, but Hearn says the Brit could return at any time in the four months since Usyk defeated him in the world championships.

It’s unclear what role McCracken will play on Joshua’s team, and Hearn insists that his coaching staff will be finalized before the 32-year-old begins his training camp at the end of this month.

“He’s on vacation in Dubai,” Hearn explained, “but he’s always training.”

“There has been a lot of effort put in.

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