Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Sporting ExcitementSporting Excitement

Boxing

Eddie Hearn reveals Anthony Joshua’s trip to USA wasn’t about new trainer as he opens door to shock Rob McCracken stay

ANTHONY JOSHUA’s recent trip to the United States wasn’t about ‘identifying a new trainer’.

AJ sparked intense speculation he could ditch long-time coach Rob McCracken after being spotted at several gyms during his stateside stay following defeat to Oleksandr Usyk.

Anthony Joshua jetted off to America not long after his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk
AJ trained with renowned coach Ronnie Shields during his recent trip

But promoter Eddie Hearn insists the trip wasn’t about replacing head coach Rob McCracken

But promoter Eddie Hearn insists the former unified heavyweight champion’s trip to America was about ‘learning’ in a different environment.

The Matchroom Boxing chief told DAZN: “The trip wasn’t about identifying a new trainer, it was about learning and new environments.

“I believe that he needs to change his environment.”

Hearn believes the Watford warrior would benefit immensely from a change of scenery.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

He continued: “I believe that’s a good move for him.

“He’s been in Sheffield since he’s been 18, that’s 14 years, and it’s an amazing camp.


JOIN SUN VEGAS: GET A FREE £10 BONUS WITH 100s OF GAMES TO PLAY AND NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED (Ts&Cs apply)


“But he’s God there, and in the UK. What he liked about coming over here, he could go to breakfast, he could get to the gym, and he wasn’t being mobbed all day, every day.”

Axing mentor and good friend McCracken for next year’s rematch with Usyk is something Hearn believes Joshua, 32, will find hard to do.

He told BetFred: “Robert McCracken is more than just a trainer to AJ. He’s a friend. He’s a mentor. He’s an advisor.”

Joshua will bid to reclaim the unified heavyweight titles from the undefeated Usyk in the spring.

And although a date for their rematch has not yet been finalised, Hearn has already seen a change in mentality from the fallen champ.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

He said: “I say we have to go rough and rugged but he’s got to have that challenger mentality in this fight and he’s got it.

“Everything I hear from him tells me that he wants to win badly and bash Usyk up, which I didn’t hear any of going into the first fight.

“He’s angry, which is good.

“No decision has been made yet but I do think a change of scenery would be good for him in terms of where his training camp’s based.”

FREE BETS: GET OVER £2,000 IN NEW CUSTOMER DEALS

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Latest

Golf

GOLF star Brooks Koepka and model wife Jena Sims enjoyed a Caribbean holiday and a boozy boat trip in Florida. Married life is treating...

Boxing

ADRIEN BRONER has hit out at his former mentor Floyd Mayweather for failing to agree a $200million exhibition bout with him. Mayweather has boxed...

Boxing

HASIM RAHMAN JR has agreed to fight Jake Paul for FREE on KSI’s undercard – with the YouTube boxing star challenged to accept the...

Horse Racing

THE plum Breeders’ Cup ride on Saffron Beach could well be up for grabs. Jane Chapple-Hyam’s fantastic filly was last seen romping to victory...

Boxing

JAKE PAUL has released the FULL sparring session he had with Hasim Rahman Jr. The pair of former training partners were due to fight at...

Premier League

WEST HAM have been slammed for charging £7.60 for a pint of lager. The Hammers were in action at London Stadium for the first...

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook