Anthony Joshua’s coach Robert Garcia explains what heavyweight must do next after second Oleksandr Usyk loss
30th August 2022



Garcia said he shared the message with Joshua’s team, too.

“They said: ‘We have to convince him, because it’s the best thing for Anthony,” Garcia said. “In the end, he can make a different decision, but everyone agreed that it is best to get out of [England] and come to California and have the training sessions as I explained to them.”

Oleksandr Usyk secured a unanimous-decision win against Joshua this month (Nick Potts/PA)

Garcia also suggested that he would not travel between America and England to help “AJ” again.

“If they ask me to come back [to England], it would have to be a special situation,” he said. “If Jesse Rodriguez or Jose Ramírez have a big fight, I’d rather stay and work with them than leave.

“That’s why I told [Joshua’s team] that I would like it more if they were the ones who came here to California, and they liked the idea. Now they have to talk to Anthony and convince him.”

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Usyk was a unanimous-decision winner against Joshua in London last year and a split-decision victor over the Briton in Saudi Arabia this month.

The Ukrainian remained unbeaten with the wins and could next face WBC champion Tyson Fury, also undefeated, to crown an undisputed heavyweight title holder.

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