Anthony Joshua’s appearances with American trainers get everybody speaking. George Gigney rounds up the boxing media this week
THE matter of trainers has been a distinguished one this week, extra particularly, which of them are greatest for sure fighters, and when is the correct time to search new mentorship. Anthony Joshua prompted these conversations when he was noticed in varied completely different gyms in America, apparently scouting out potential new trainers after his loss to Usyk final month. Footage of ‘AJ’ in Eddy Reynoso’s health club and in addition Ronnie Shields’ emerged on social media, whereas it was reported he additionally visited Virgil Hunter and Robert Garcia. Shields subsequently spoke to ThaBoxingVoice about Joshua’s go to, and insisted the Brit confirmed to him that he’s undoubtedly on the lookout for a brand new coach.
He stated: “[Joshua] told me, ‘Listen, I know people don’t think I’m a dog. I’m gonna be a dog in this next fight.’ And that’s his words. He told me, ‘I just need you to show me how to be the best dog you can teach me to be.’”
Shields additionally claimed Joshua instructed him that Angel Fernandez is the one coach that will stay from his present group, suggesting he intends to totally half methods with Rob McCracken, who remains to be his head coach as issues stand.
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, spoke to IFL about the issue, saying: “He went to see a number of gyms, fighters and trainers. He hasn’t split from Rob McCracken, hasn’t decided he’s going to join another trainer – he’s just trying to learn. There’s absolutely no definitive mindset or answer.”
Joshua’s actions grabbed the eye of the boxing world and hypothesis has been rife as to what his resolution shall be. What does appear clear is that he’s taking his time earlier than making the ultimate name, which is in-character for Joshua and is the correct method.
This all additionally highlights the virtually unprecedented ranges of consideration (some would say strain) Joshua stays below given his standing within the sport and wider tradition outdoors of it. Aside from the reporting of Joshua’s American tour, there’s been evaluation and deep-dives into his choices and what this implies for his profession, throughout YouTube, web sites and podcasts alike.
It additionally speaks to the privileged place Joshua has labored arduous to attain; he has the fame and assets vital to search out just about any coach on the planet and uproot his camp to wherever they’re.
There aren’t many fighters who would find a way to do the identical, and Joshua is effectively inside his rights to discover new choices if he desires a special method. And that’s the key phrase – completely different, not essentially higher.
McCracken is without doubt one of the greatest trainers on the planet, he’s confirmed that, and if Joshua does determine to transfer to somebody new, that shouldn’t robotically replicate poorly on McCracken. As Joshua himself apparently stated, he desires to deliver out the “dog” in him and if he wants a brand new coach for that, then so be it.
The function of a coach isn’t confined to the health club, and we noticed the significance of this throughout a press convention to announce the rematch between British light-heavyweights Lyndon Arthur and Anthony Yarde.
The pair’s trainers – Pat Barrett and Tunde Ajayi – traded barbs throughout the press convention, with Barrett promising to “punch [Tunde’s] f***ing head in” and Ajayi declaring, “go back to the road.”
While neither showered themselves in glory, it was Tunde who repeatedly made feedback and spoke over others, finally drawing consideration away from his fighter. Even Yarde himself had to inform him to cease.
The response on-line to Tunde’s antics was overwhelmingly detrimental, with some imploring Yarde to discover a new coach. Some of the disdain is even being directed at Yarde, who was respectful all through the press convention.
Tunde’s behaviour has the unlucky impact of turning folks off his cost, with some commenting that they’d like to see him lose simply due to their dislike for Ajayi. That will not be ultimate. What makes it all of the extra irritating is that Arthur-Yarde is a superb combat and has sufficient intrigue after their first encounter – it actually doesn’t want needle between the trainers to promote it.
With a handful of thrilling younger skills, the light-weight division has been flirting with the thought of changing into one of the entertaining within the sport, nevertheless it nonetheless isn’t following by means of. Teófimo López’ combat with George Kambosos Jnr, as anticipated, has been picked up by DAZN and can now happen on November 27.
That means López may have been out of the ring greater than a yr since his star-making victory over Vasiliy Lomachenko in October 2020. The Kambosos combat is okay, if a bit underwhelming, nevertheless it’s surprising how a lot time the negotiations have taken out of López’ schedule.
It was additionally reported by ESPN that Devin Haney will now combat Joseph Diaz in December after Ryan García, who was initially booked towards Diaz, withdrew due to a hand damage. Haney-Diaz is an fascinating matchup however Diaz remains to be unproven at 135lbs.
Gervonta Davis’ group have explicitly said that they gained’t be matching him with anybody outdoors of their enterprise circle, and the likes of López, García and Haney nonetheless don’t appear any nearer to preventing each other. It shall be a travesty – however not a really shocking one – if these fights by no means occur.
Fair play to Chris Eubank Jnr. When up in Newcastle for his most up-to-date combat, he was requested by a bunch of followers for autographs and footage. One of them offered him with a microwave and requested him to signal it, which he did.
It seems that fan determined to flog the signed equipment on eBay, and as soon as Eubank discovered it he promised to match the successful bid and ship the cash to charity. The microwave ended up going for over £66,000. It’s simply a kind of good, bonkers tales that boxing typically throws up.