Coach Exposes Anthony Joshua for Ignoring Important Advice

Published 08/30/2022, 9:45 AM EDT
Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Former unified heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, suffered the most devastating of his career against Oleksandr Usyk. The Ukrainian boxer is the only person to beat Johsua twice ending his hopes to regain the heavyweight championship after taking his title in the first match.

AJ was outclassed by The Cat throughout the fight. Although Joshua managed to pressure Usyk in the first few rounds, the latter picked up his pace during the second half of the fight winning via split decision. However, AJ was certainly better in his second outing.

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Joshua’s loss could be attributed to many reasons. Moreover, his trainer, Robert Garcia, revealed one reason for why Joshua lost the fight. In an interview with Izquierdazo Boxeo, Garcia stated that he told the British boxer to train with fighters in California 8 weeks before the fight for better competition. However, Joshua seemingly ignored his trainer’s advice.

Garcia said, “I told Anthony and his team that the best way to keep working together is if he comes to train in my gym in California eight weeks before a fight. I told Anthony, ‘I need you to be around more fighters, for competition.”

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In hindsight, the step up in competition might just have been what AJ needed to win the fight. However, he ignored his coach’s advice and lost the fight. Joshua is now at a crossroads in his career. He can either put his head up and make the necessary adjustments to get back into the title contention, or he could let this loss define his legacy.

Anthony Joshua gets back to training at his old gym

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Just a week after his loss, Joshua has now returned to his old boxing gym. The former heavyweight champion took to Instagram and posted a picture of himself at Finchley boxing club in Barnet. This is the same gym where Joshua used to train as a teenager and is looking to reflect back on his loss. Moreover, by the looks of it, he seemed ready to get back according to his caption. “Back to where it started, far from where it ends, I love this game.”

Boxing – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk Weigh-in. The O2, London, Britain – September 24, 2021. Anthony Joshua during the weigh-in Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

However, Joshua has a long road ahead of him if he wants to regain his former glory days.

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Sahil Sood

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Sahil Sood is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication, and holds a keen interest in the 'sweet science'. His journey towards following boxing began when he first saw the highlights of Mike Tyson as a teenager, and then closely followed the rise of Floyd Mayweather.

Edited By: Vibhanshu Kumar

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