Anthony Joshua announces new trainer ahead of his boxing comeback

Ronnie Shields, Virgil Hunter and Eddy Reynoso were just some of the names being tipped to replace Rob McCracken as Anthony Joshua's new full time trainer.

Anthony Joshua has appointed Angel Fernandez as his new trainer ahead of his return to the ring.

The British heavyweight, who surrendered his world titles to Oleksandr Usyk in September, has promoted Fernandez from being a member of his coaching team to head coach.

Joshua had spent the majority of his professional career under Rob McCracken - former trainer of Carl Froch and the mastermind behind Team GB's record-breaking medal haul at the 2020 Olympic Games.

However, after an underwhelming defeat to Usyk, Joshua will now move on without McCracken and now begins his quest to win back the titles he lost to Usyk for the third time.

Anthony Joshua

"I'm working with Angel Fernandez right now," Joshua told Behind the Gloves. "He's been in my camp for the last three years, anyway. He's been in the last three world championships."

Asked if Fernandez was now his 'main' trainer, Joshua responded, "Yeah, man."

Fernandez, from Spain, initially joined Joshua's team after his upset loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. in 2019.

His new head trainer learnt his craft under Cuban trainers Ismael Salas and Jorge Rubio.

As for when he will be in charge of Joshua's next fight is another thing. Usyk has put boxing on hold as he fights to defend Ukraine following the invasion by Russia.

Eddie Hearn had hoped the rematch would take place in May or June but there are now doubts as to whether the bout takes place this year.

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