Joshua trains with Tyson, Holyfield's ex-trainer ahead of Usyk rematch

“He told me, ‘Listen, I’m gonna be a dog in this next fight.’ ‘I just need you to show me how to be the best dog you can teach me to be.”
Joshua trains with Tyson, Holyfield's ex-trainer ahead of Usyk rematch
Anthony Joshua with Ronnie Shields and the Charlo twins(Instagram)

British-Nigerian boxer, Anthony Joshua, is currently in search of a new trainer ahead of his rematch with Ukrainian star, Oleksandr Usyk, next year.

After criticisms about his tactics, Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, announced that his camp had activated the rematch clause as the Brit aims to regain his IBF, WBA and WBO belts.

As such, Joshua, according to The Independent, has been spending time with Ronnie Shields, a veteran trainer who worked with the likes of Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield. The pair have been working together to see if they “mesh” ahead of a permanent appointment.

He had also spent time at Eddie Reynoso’s gym, the trainer of pound-for-pound superstar Canelo Alvarez, as well as at Vergil Hunter’s gym, who coached Andre Ward and currently works with Britain’s Joshua Buatsi, too.

The recent flirtations in the United States have raised questions about Joshua's relationship with Robert McCracken who has trained him for the entirety of his professional career.

Confirming the contact with Joshua, Shields toldThaBoxingVoice: “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’.

“He said, ‘European boxing is different from boxing in the US.’ He realised he had to come to US to get something different… I guess he didn’t feel it was the right [game plan vs Usyk] so he wanted to make a change.

“He told me, ‘Listen, I know people don’t think I’m a dog. I’m gonna be a dog in this next fight.’ And that’s his words. He told me, ‘I just need you to show me how to be the best dog you can teach me to be.”

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