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“My health is at stake” – Anthony Joshua wants to keep Rob McCracken for Oleksandr Usyk rematch If he can work with a new coach


Anthony Joshua admits Rob McCracken may not want to be his coach for the Oleksandr Usyk fight as he plans to bring in an American coach.

The former heavyweight world champion traveled to the United States to observe the workouts of several top coaches.

AJ spent time with Shields and the Charlo brothers
“My health is at stake” – Anthony Joshua wants to keep Rob McCracken for Oleksandr Usyk rematch If he can work with a new coach
Brief clips then emerged of Joshua working with Shields.

Joshua was largely beaten by Oleksandr Usyk last month at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and lost his world titles.

With a rematch slated for 2022, the Olympic gold medalist was openly exploring options and visited Virgil Hunter, Eddy Reynoso, Ronnie Shields and Robert Garcia.

However, the 32-year-old hasn’t parted ways with McCracken – the man who made him a two-time world champion.

When asked if McCracken can remain his coach, Joshua said IFLTV: “Yeah, and he needs to talk to the people I want to work with and see if he can work with them.”

“My health is at stake” – Anthony Joshua wants to keep Rob McCracken for Oleksandr Usyk rematch If he can work with a new coach
McCracken still trains AJ in professional play, but has come under intense scrutiny
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“I had the same conversation with Rob, ‘I want to work with you, but I also want to work with this guy for six months.

“Rob might say to me, ‘You know what champion, this isn’t working for me. For the next six months you do your thing and come see me after.

“These are mature conversations. My life and my health are at stake.

Joshua has spent time with some of America’s most respected coaches as he plans to avenge his second professional loss in next year’s rematch with Usyk.

“My health is at stake” – Anthony Joshua wants to keep Rob McCracken for Oleksandr Usyk rematch If he can work with a new coach
Usyk injured Joshua a few times during their fight
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“I have to go and get some new lessons from guys who have trained – Robert Garcia has coached 13, 14 world champions,” Joshua added.

“They have so many generations of teachings.

“Virgil Hunter coached Andre Ward, a phenomenal fighter. I wanted to go around and be in a fighters environment.

“Eddy Reynoso, ‘No boxing, no life.’ I love that saying, Canelo is obviously a phenomenal fighter.

“I watched him train for 12 rounds, I asked some questions. Ronnie Shields, another African American coach who has worked with the greats.

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