Joshua has explained how he spoke about the importance of feints during his time with Alvarez in America, and gained valuable knowledge watching the pound-for-pound king during sparring
Anthony Joshua has detailed his conversation with Canelo Alvarez about the importance of boxing technique and feints during his time in the Mexican’s gym.
‘AJ’ has spoken out for the first time since his heartbreaking defeat to Oleksandr Usyk where he lost his unified heavyweight world titles.
And he recently visited America in the aftermath of his loss to search for a new coach to add to his team alongside current trainer Rob McCracken.
Across the Atlantic he spent time with leading trainer Eddy Reynoso and his fighter Alvarez, as the pound-for-pound king prepares for an undisputed clash with Caleb Plant.
During their encounter Joshua spoke with the Mexican about the importance of “feints” and technique in a brief conversation after watching him in sparring.
“We spoke about the importance of feints,” Joshua told IFL TV. “And we spoke about the importance of repetition and I just watched him spar.
“But I went to Eddy Reynoso’s house and I spoke to him for a long duration the day before, but the next day I went to the gym to watch Canelo train.”
“He is in a training camp so I went to watch him train and we had a brief conversation, and I like it no boxing no life.”
Alvarez is preparing to make history against Plant next month by becoming the first undisputed super-middleweight champion.
So a world-class trainer with Reynoso’s experience could be a key addition to Joshua’s team, should he opt for the Mexican’s guidance ahead of a crunch rematch with Usyk.
But Joshua has confirmed he will not split with McCracken but attended gyms to look for an addition to his camps.
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“With the new trainer situation it is funny because for eleven years I have been in Sheffield from the age of 19 to 32,” Joshua continued .
“I just looked at myself and said I need to get out of this comfort zone, because I need a new coach to learn from as well. I will not be basing myself in the States, I am a UK resident so I am not going out to the States to find a new coach.
“Rob’s in Lithuania so I need to find a new coach for certain points as I train ten or eleven months a year. So I need to step away and get some new teachings from trainers who have trained the likes of like thirteen or fourteen world champions.
“I don’t need anyone that is going to make me, I am a f****** winner but I need to get out and put myself back in the gym. In hindsight I wish I had done these things sooner, but now I can go out there and add things to my game.”
Despite his defeat Joshua has now broken his silence on rival Tyson Fury’s victory over Deontay Wilder heaping praise on his trainer Sugar Hill Steward.