MDP Live - Anthony Joshua's astonishing body transformation after changing coach Angel Fernandez ahead of his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk. Former world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua trains with new coach Angel Fernandez after losing to Oleksandr Usyk on September 25, 2021.
Anthony Joshua left Rob McCracken and kicked out another coaching team, Joby Clayton - the assistant coach who was heavily criticized after losing by unanimous points. But Fernandez - who coached his squad from Loughborough University - worked with the former WBA, IBF and WBO champions on Monday.
AJ hit the bearings with the Spanish-born coach, unleashing a ruthless left hook into the body and helping inspire several youngsters to train at the same Leicestershire facility. Posing with rising heavyweight Matty Harris on Instagram, AJ said: ''I'm here to work. They always say, if there's someone you want to meet or train, you always find it in the place where the hard work happens."
After the defeat at Tottenham - where 35-year-old Usyk dominated the action despite Joshua's height, reach and weight advantages - AJ toured the United States. Saul Canelo Alvarez's coach Eddy Reynoso, defensive guru Vergil Hunter and former Mike Tyson coach Ronnie Shields visited by Joshua on a tour of America's best gyms.
Joshua then moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirates to camp in warm weather, training with Anthony Wilson at the Binous 1 gym. And undefeated ring legend Floyd Mayweather Jr even visited one session while he was on a business trip to the UAE, where he oversaw one. session by hitting the bag.
April is the targeted month for Usyk's must-win rematch but it is drawing near, with Joshua yet to officially announce a new person in charge of the crucial gameplan. Chris Eubank Jr. who enjoyed a grueling session with friends in the Middle East, said drastic changes were for the better.
"Is that a big risk?" middle class wondering with SunSport. "I think the risk is less than just sticking with who he is and doing the same."
Eubank Jr explained about the changes in Joshua after undergoing a series of training without a coach. “You have to make adjustments, improve and improve and sometimes you get stale and too comfortable. So AJ wanted to get out of his comfort zone, which was the right thing to do."
"You can't change a 32-year-old player, you can't, you can change and adapt and learn but your base can't change. When you get hurt, when it gets tough, that's when your foundation and fundamentals will always be visible. You can add it and upgrade as a fighter.''