Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua 2: AJ reveals Robert Garcia is not actually his main trainer

  • Tom Ward

Anthony Joshua has revealed that Robert Garcia is not actually his main boxing coach ahead of his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.

Instead, that honour falls to Rob McCracken’s former second, Angel Fernandez.

The British superstar was speaking on The DAZN Boxing Show on Thursday when he made the stunning revelation.

He chatted to reporters at a press conference to promote his second fight with Usyk as both men touched down in London for the second leg of their promotional world tour.

AJ was then asked about his decision to change trainers, which has been the subject of much debate, including appointing Garcia, who has won countless titles as a boxer and a coach.

But Joshua admitted he let Fernandez influence his next move.

He revealed: “I think it’s important that my coach made the decisions, Angel Fernandez.

“That’s the guy we appointed as the UK head trainer so I felt like it was important for Angel to choose.

Anthony Joshua pictured with Robert Garcia

“I like Robert Garcia, I think he’s very talented so I put his name on the list along with about four or five others, so he went to see different people and then I left it to Angel and the team to say ‘look, this is who we want to appoint.’”

Joshua was quick not to shut the door completely on McCracken, having spent almost the entirety of his career at the Team GB setup in Sheffield, adding: “I don’t call it parting with Rob – just in a training capacity, yeah for sure.

“The respect’s still there, Rob is welcome to the training camp at anytime and give his two pence.

“I feel every fighter right, in my opinion, should be able to go out into the world and learn from other people.

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“It’s so important for a fighter to develop their skills with different coaches, don’t feel locked down and feel like you’re parting ways because you’re trying something new or you’re trying to learn something new.

“Yeah I’m with a different team for the fight but that doesn’t mean that I’m just parting ways.

“Who knows, in the future I might say, ‘Hey Rob, can you come back and train me?’

“It’s not like because I’ve parted ways now that’s what it is forever.”

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