Anthony Joshua given brutal wake-up call by Garcia ahead of return

Emotional Anthony Joshua explains erratic behaviour after defeat

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Anthony Joshua’s former trainer Robert Garcia says that everything has come ‘easy’ in AJ’s career. The renowned coach was full of praise for Joshua’s natural abilities but has reminded the Brit that he must stay committed if he hopes to become a three-time heavyweight champion.

Garcia worked with Joshua for his second fight against Oleksandr Usyk in August. Despite not winning the contest, Joshua showed marked improvements under his new mentor.

However, the Watford powerhouse has opted to explore his options ahead of his return to the ring in either March or April by trialling gyms across the United States. So far, he has visited legendary trainers Derrick James and Virgil Hunter with a final decision expected in the coming weeks.

Garcia recently confirmed that he has not been officially axed as of yet, but the trial period suggests Joshua is looking for a new lease of life after an extremely mentally draining loss at the hands of Usyk. Taking a look forward to Joshua’s next steps, Garcia gave an interview to IZQUIERDAZO in which he disclosed what AJ must do to ensure he gets back to winning ways.

“Everything was a little bit easier for him than any other boxer, so that was something he got used to,” said Garcia. Because everything was kind of easy and quick for him, he thought that that was the right way to do it. That he didn’t need to do it in another way.

“But when the time comes for this kind of fights (like Usyk), with fighters of a higher level, tougher fights, harder fights, you need a stricter camp, where he follows indications. He is a dedicated fighter, he does and listens to what he is told to, but maybe he thinks that he was a champion without doing that much or without having that much commitment. But when you are fighting against opponents like Usyk, that is something different.”

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He added: “He is a complete athlete. He started to box at 18 years old and three years later he was an Olympic gold medalist. That is something big, without having that much amateur experienced. Then he turned pro, and a couple of years later he was a world champion – that proves he is a natural born athlete.”

“He is an athlete that accomplished so much that he didn’t need to be strict in his commitment in the gym, in his training regime and in the election of a coach.”

Like his coach, Joshua’s next opponent is yet to be disclosed also. Dillian Whyte is the current frontrunner for a showdown at the O2 Arena with Deontay Wilder, Zhang Zhilei, Filip Hrgovic, Demsey McKean and Otto Wallin all mentioned in the same conversation by promoter Eddie Hearn.

 

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