Anthony Joshua has met with a number of American-based trainers as he considers a shake-up to his teaching set-up following his defeat by Oleksandr Usyk.
The British heavyweight has confronted calls to half methods with long-time coach Rob McCracken since shedding his WBA (Tremendous), WBO and IBF titles to Usyk final month.
Joshua has met Virgil Hunter, Eddy Reynoso and Ronnie Shields within the US.
“I assume he did not really feel it was the correct [gameplan against Usyk] so he needed to make a change,” stated Shields.
Hunter relies in Oakland, California and educated the likes of multiple-weight world champion Andre Ward and Amir Khan.
Joshua has shut ties inside Hunter’s camp with British fighter Joshua Buatsi additionally coaching underneath the veteran coach.
Reynoso is legendary for guiding boxing famous person Canelo Alvarez to the highest of the game and the 44-year-old additionally trains WBC tremendous featherweight champion Oscar Valdez and Joshua’s former opponent Andy Ruiz Jr.
Shields, who relies in Texas, confirmed rumours Joshua was on the hunt for a brand new coach after welcoming him into his gymnasium this week.
“They reached out to me and so they requested if I’d be excited by having a look at AJ and that he needed to return all the way down to Texas and see if issues would work out between him and I,” Shields informed ThaBoxingVoice. “I stated, ‘No downside, I’d like to see if we had a connection collectively’.
“He stated, ‘European boxing is completely different from boxing within the US’. He realised he needed to come to the US to get one thing completely different.
“He informed me, ‘Hear, I do know folks do not assume I am a canine. I’ve received to be a canine on this subsequent combat’. And that is his phrases. He informed me, ‘I simply want you to indicate me be the very best canine you possibly can educate me to be’.”
Shields has labored with a slew of heavyweight champions together with Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.
Jermall Charlo works underneath Shields and posted a number of movies on his Instagram of Joshua talking together with his coach and performing some mild coaching.
Joshua has not made a closing resolution on his teaching employees, which additionally consists of assistant trainers Angel Hernandez and Joby Clayton.
After his defeat by Ruiz Jr, Joshua added Hernandez to his staff and the 32-year-old may but stick with McCracken as his head coach.
A change to the US would see Joshua have to maneuver his coaching headquarters away from Sheffield the place he has spent his whole skilled and novice profession.
McCracken has educated Joshua since his novice days, however was closely criticised for the gameplan towards Usyk.
Joshua was utterly outclassed by Usyk and convincingly crushed after deciding to attempt to outbox the previous undisputed cruiserweight champion.