Eddie Hearn admits Anthony Joshua is taking ‘huge risk’ as he approaches rematch with Oleksandr Usyk


Anthony Joshua decided to make huge changes to his squad 12 weeks before he took on heavyweight rival Oleksandr Usyk for the second time.

Eddie Hearn revealed that he is comfortable with the decision made by Anthony Joshua to change coaches when there are only 12 weeks left before his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk, but the promoter claims that AJ takes a “huge risk”.

Joshua (24-2-0, 22 KOs) lost their WBA, WBO, IBF heavyweight world titles in September, after being outboxed by Usyk (19-0-0, 13 KOs) in front of his fans at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, in London.

As a result, the Ukrainian was awarded the points victory over the Englishman.

However, Joshua quickly activated its rematch clause and the two boxers will therefore face each other again in 2022.

Following this defeat, there were questions about the performance of AJ and also on the work done by his team, while several followers have strongly suggested to the 32-year-old boxer to make changes in his staff for his rematch.

This prompted Joshua to tour the Gyms in the United States and Dubai, being in search of a new coach who would be mandated to work in conjunction with his long-time coach Rob mccracken.

There are only 12 weeks left at Joshua before he fights his second fight with Usyk, and while Hearn believes that the decision of the English pugilist to make these changes constitutes a risk, he remains comfortable with the choice of AJ.

Promoter Hearn said :

“It’s a huge risk, but if you feel the need to make changes and you can’t move forward in a specific direction, the alternative is much more risky. “

“If AJ isn’t making any changes and he’s uncomfortable with his approach to the rematch, I don’t think he should be playing this rematch. “

“But because he’s so proactive and positive, whatever route he’s going to take, I know he’ll be comfortable with his decision. “

“I’m much more comfortable with the flip side of leaving your coach. AJ needs to experience something new, he’s excited. “

“The key element for him in this fight is to be mentally comfortable with his preparation. “

It is still not clear whether Joshua cut ties with the coach Mccracken, and while Hearn revealed that the two have had conversations with the manager, a final decision will be made on his future.

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