Robert Garcia would ‘like to’ proceed working with Anthony Joshua as the previous champion’s coach search continues.
Garcia was introduced in by Joshua to switch longtime coach, Rob McCracken, in preparations for his rematch in opposition to unified heavyweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk.
Joshua misplaced the combat similarly to the primary, and has since seemingly cut up with Garcia. The coach, who works out of Southern California, informed Seconds Out that he could be up for persevering with the connection.
“I’d like to [continue training Joshua]. When a fighter is leaping from one coach to a different from one combat to the opposite, it’s simply not going to be good. It takes just a few months simply to get used to the brand new coach, and I believe since final December once I was going there for a few weeks after which once more in March, after which 4 months of coaching camp collectively, I believe it was sufficient to already get used to the coach, the fighter, and the remainder of the staff.
All people thinks totally different … It’d make issues tough. He truly referred to as me and left me a message saying that he was going to return out to American to speak to totally different trainers, and that was form of him for letting me know.”
“There are nice trainers, you understand Derrick James is a good coach. It’s not prefer it’s going to be a foul selection, however they’ll begin off from zero, so it is likely to be somewhat bit tough.”
While Garcia was clear that there are nice trainers on supply within the US, together with a possible ‘AJ’ selection in Derrick James, he additionally mentioned that it will not be a foul resolution for the fighter to stick with simply Angel Fernandez, who labored alongside Garcia within the nook for the Usyk rematch and has been an essential a part of Joshua’s staff.
He went on to reward the previous champion’s file within the sport, and mentioned that how he performs within the subsequent stage of profession could possibly be all the way down to matchmaking as a lot as teaching.
“He’s an athlete that was born to be what he’s. He by no means ever had that a few years within the amateurs and nonetheless was capable of get a gold medal.
He got here again to develop into a world champion with out that a lot expertise. So he already is a superb athlete and really proficient. He’s bought nice, nice energy. These issues will assist him win the following fights in the event that they choose the suitable opponents.”
Lastly, Garcia cleared up stories that he had beforehand hinted some reluctance from Joshua to coach. He made it clear that he was talking typically and never from expertise with the Brit.
“I didn’t say AJ did that. I mentioned fighters can’t say ‘I’m drained at present’ however I meant to each fighter … It’s simply the way in which boxing is.”
“I wasn’t saying Anthony has that downside, no. Anthony’s an athlete. He trains. He loves to remain in form. Even when he’s not in coaching camp, he’s all the time understanding.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn has informed followers that there might be an announcement earlier than the flip of the yr as to Joshua coaching staff and subsequent opponent.