Anthony Joshua confirms change of coaching team for Oleksandr Usyk rematch

Anthony Joshua will shift his training from his usual base in Sheffield and work with coaches other than Rob McCracken for his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.

The Brit has worked with McCracken since he was an amateur, and they've won the unified heavyweight title of the world twice as well as an Olympic gold medal.

But after being soundly beaten by Usyk in his last outing, Joshua has been testing the waters with new trainers, and has met with a number of boxing's top minds.

And despite feeling a strong sense of loyalty to his trainer, the two-time champion will be changing up his set-up for the rematch with Usyk.

“I’m a loyal character," Joshua said during an appearance at Expo 2020 in Dubai. "I believe loyalty’s important.

“I’ve been based in Sheffield and had a good chat with my coach and I want to try some new things, I want to try a new environment.

“Maybe I can do a training camp in Dubai, maybe I can do a training camp in Africa, in America – just a new environment to get inspired again and to take the heavyweight division by storm."

Joshua is plotting a big year, which will include fighting to reclaim the belts for a rare third time, before eyeing up a chance to become undisputed.

Usyk holds the WBA, WBO and IBF titles, while Joshua's old rival Tyson Fury is the WBC champion.

And with Fury set to face either Dillian Whyte or a back-up opponent in either Robert Helenius or Andy Ruiz Jr, the path will ideally be clear for the undisputed title to be up for grabs within this year.

“That’s what 2022 holds for me," Joshua continued. "Revamping, reorganising, a new environment and staying at the top.

"People ask me 'what does it take to get to the top?' But that's the easy part, staying there, that's the hustle so staying there is a whole other category.

"We're not talking about staying there for a year or two, do you want to stay there for five or ten years? That's when the sacrifice happens.

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"Now is probably the time in my career where when I get home I'm going to put in some real work and make some sacrifice.

"It's all good, everything will make sense in the long run, but as it stands now I'm going for a new environment, to work with some new coaches and just go to war. It’s a warrior mindset.”

Joshua was favourite when he faced former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk back in September at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, but those odds have flipped for the rematch.

He was outboxed from bell to bell as Usyk took the unanimous decision, which was the second loss of Joshua's professional career.

The one other time he was beaten for his titles, against Ruiz Jr in 2019, he won an immediate rematch months later and reclaimed the belts to become a two-time champion.

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