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Anthony Joshua blasts ex-coach Robert Garcia and slams critics as ‘clowns’ ahead of make-or-break fight against Franklin

, Anthony Joshua blasts ex-coach Robert Garcia and slams critics as ‘clowns’ ahead of make-or-break fight against Franklin

ANTHONY JOSHUA has lashed out as his ex-coach for a lack of respect and his two-faced critics for being ‘clowns’.

In the aftermath of Joshua’s second loss to Oleksandr Usyk in August, outgoing Robert Garcia ended his one-fight role as trainer with parting shots against AJ’s training methods and close-knit team.

Anthony Joshua lashed out as his ex-coach for a lack of respect and his two-faced critics

Anthony Joshua with old coach Robert Garcia

Ahead of Saturday’s comeback bout with Jermaine Franklin, a handful of TV analysts have questioned the quality of the American opponent, doubted Joshua’s remaining resolve and called for him to retire if he suffers a fourth defeat.

But the 33-year-old London 2012 Olympic legend has come out swinging for his former coach and the commentators who smile to his face and stab him in the back.

Asked if Garcia’s snipes were fair, he said: “When it comes to your head coach it is important to keep things in-house, especially when you are talking about your fighters.

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“There are things I didn’t like about some of my old coaches that I could talk about but I don’t.

“No one is perfect but, when you come together in arms to go to war, there should be a level of respect.

“I have worked with Sean Murphy and John Oliver in the amateurs, all the GB coaches, Tony Sims and Rob McCracken in the pros, Angel Fernandez, Joby Clayton, Robert Garcia and Derrick James and Garcia is the first one to say the things he said. I didn’t like that, I found it weird.”

It came after Garcia said: “I don’t have to lie about things.

“The first week that I was there, I told his management team ‘I need to go home, fly me home cause I don’t wanna be here.’

, Anthony Joshua blasts ex-coach Robert Garcia and slams critics as ‘clowns’ ahead of make-or-break fight against Franklin

“There were so many new people – who believed were not going to be there to help out – I told them ‘I need to go home’.

Former world champions like Carl Froch and Johnny Nelson have been ruthless about AJ’s defeats to Andy Ruiz and Usyk.

Both have earned the right to their opinion but Joshua wonders why they don’t message him directly and hopes they are as forthright in person.

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He added: “These people that talk about me are looking for me to say something back but I don’t have much to say because these people are not on my level.

“What do I want to entertain a clown for? If someone has something to say to me, they can call me, they have my number.

“I don’t need to go online and voice my opinions on my enemies, I prefer to be silent.

“If I’ve something to say about you, you’ll see me face-to-face.”

Froch seemed to turn on AJ after he axed Froch’s friend and mentor McCracken.

But when Amir Khan went on social media in 2017 to suggest AJ was romantically involved with his wife, it was too bizarre to get caught up.

Joshua said: “I messaged Froch direct and said ‘what you talking s*** about me for? Message me. With Khan and that s*** with his missus, why was he going online?

“Just message me if you have something to say. I find it awkward because where I come from, it’s not about chasing clout, it is about results.”

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, Anthony Joshua blasts ex-coach Robert Garcia and slams critics as ‘clowns’ ahead of make-or-break fight against Franklin
Anthony Joshua celebrates with Carl Froch in 2017

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