Anthony Joshua Talks About Trainers Approaching Him After Oleksandr Usyk Loss

Published 10/27/2021, 6:45 AM EDT
Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Anthony Joshua in action against Oleksandr Usyk Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge


Anthony Joshua suffered a terrifying defeat to Oleksandr Usyk in the biggest and perhaps the most important title defense fight of his career. Right from the start, nothing went well for the Brit. On top of that, his trainer, Rob McCracken, failed to help him turn things around during the fight.

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That said, McCracken received immense backlash. Many boxing enthusiasts even asked Joshua to part ways with his longtime trainer.

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Recently, ‘AJ’, who was in a chat with iFL TV, revealed that trainers called him and asked for millions to train him for the Usyk rematch. However, in this interview, Joshua seemed to hint that he would not rush to make a decision.

He said, “I’m not an idiot with my money, you know. I’m not a fool with my money and stuff like that, so it’s not about the money. It’s not about the hype or nothing like that, it’s not about anything. I just want to go out there and just learn, put my name on the map, just continue to dominate boxing.”

Over the past few days, Joshua has been in the news as he visited several boxing gyms in America. He met the likes of Eddy Reynoso and Ronnie Shields. The former champ even had a workout session with Shields, thus working on his weaknesses.

All of Joshua’s actions clearly indicate one thing, i.e. his hunger to get back to winning ways, beginning with Usyk.

When will Anthony Joshua fight Oleksandr Usyk again?

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Anthony Joshua and his promoter have officially exercised the rematch clause with Oleksandr Usyk. Eddie Hearn, a few days back, asserted that the bout will come to life by spring 2022.

Boxing – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk Weigh-in – The O2, London, Britain – September 24, 2021 Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk go head to head during the weigh-in as promoter Eddie Hearn looks on Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

However, even that is vague, as there is no clear deadline as to when will this fight will go down. Whenever it does get set for, promoters will ensure that both men have an ample amount of time to prepare for the rematch.

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As fans will expect ‘AJ’ to come out all guns blazing, the rematch between the two is expected to be even bigger than their first bout.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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