Anthony Joshua closes in on new coach after trial with Mike Tyson’s ex-trainer

Joshua was outpointed by Usyk last month and has since faced calls to ditch trainer Rob McCracken following his second professional career defeat

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Anthony Joshua IS looking for a new trainer following his defeat by Oleksandr Usyk.

The British heavyweight lost his world titles to his mandatory challenger last month as he suffered his second career defeat.

He has since faced calls to sack his training team – including head coach Rob McCracken – after his tactics and gameplan were questioned.

And Joshua has since embarked on a tour of gyms in America, including one owned by Canelo Alvarez’s trainer Eddie Reynoso.

He also spent time with Ronnie Shields who currently trains Jermall Charlo and who counts Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Arturo Gatti among his former clients.

Anthony Joshua with trainer Ronnie Shields

And Shields told Thaboxingvoice : “They reached out to me and they asked if I would be interested in taking a look at AJ and that he wanted to come down to Texas and see if things would work out between him and I.

“I said, ‘No problem, I would love to see if we had a connection together’.”

Joshua had been due to face Tyson Fury this summer before the fight collapsed when his rival was ordered to instead face Deontay Wilder.

Joshua opted to face Usyk rather than relinquish one of his world titles – but he was soundly beaten at Tottenham.

It is unclear whether Joshua intends to retain McCracken – who also is also the head coach of Team GB – or whether he relocates to America.

But Shields revealed Joshua intends to keep coach Angel Fernandez in his team.

He added: “It would be great to get him to reclaim the world titles he lost to Usyk and I think I’ve got the capabilities to help him do that.

“For the last two days everything seemed to go well. The first day we talked fro about three or four hours and when he came back today we did some light pad work to show him everything we talked about.

“You have to be able to show a fighter what you really mean and how he should do thinks. We did some light work and I put him through some drills to help him understand what I’d told him the day before.

“For me it’s about the gameplan. We talked about a lot of stuff and we watched a few rounds of the Usyk fight together. I pointed out a few things that he should have done but he didn’t do.

“I think our chemistry was really good but I’m not going to lose sleep over [whether he chooses me].”

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