Anthony Joshua’s new coach is Derrick James, in line with Spencer Oliver. The announcement will probably be made by Joshua (24-0, 22 KOs), and it may very well be subsequent week.
James trains Errol Spence Jr, Frank Martin, and Jermell Charlo, amongst others. Joshua will probably be preventing on April 1st towards probably Demsey McKean on the O2 Enviornment in London. That’s a confidence buster for Joshua to regain his mojo earlier than dealing with Dillian Whyte in a rematch in July.
Whether or not Joshua can enhance his sport sufficient beneath James’ watch to change into a three-time heavyweight champion is the massive query.
Joshua’s greatest likelihood of capturing a title is when the 4 titles are vacated by the winner of the Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk undisputed championship. The winner doubtless will vacate reasonably than defend towards WBA obligatory Daniel Dubois and IBF obligatory Filip Hrgovic.
“Joshua, I feel they’re going to announce it very, very quickly, however Derrick James seems to be like his new coach. He’s over within the States,” mentioned Spencer Oliver to talkSPORT Boxing about Anthony Joshua’s anticipated new coach.
“Derrick James is a former fighter himself. He was a superb fighter who now works with Errol Spence. This man is a longtime coach. With Anthony Joshua, as we’ve seen over the previous couple of months, this man has been struggling psychologically.
“He wants to revive that confidence again. It’s not the bodily facet that must be sorted as a result of he’s bought that there. He’s bought all of the attributes wanted to be world heavyweight champion.
“He’s explosive, he’s massive, he can wack, however in case you’re psychologically not proper, you’ve bought issues as a result of that’s the major a part of the sport,” mentioned Oliver about Joshua.
“He has all of the attributes, however he ain’t going to beat Usyk, and he ain’t going to beat Fury,” mentioned Simon Jordan about Joshua. “He ain’t going to be world champion until the belts get splintered.”
“There was a lacking a part of the jigsaw for Anthony Joshua, and that was a coach,” mentioned Oliver. “He can’t settle with a coach, and till you get that, you’re not going to get your head proper.
“That’s what’s been lacking. Let’s hope that he’s discovered that now and that places him within the combine. It’s nice for heavyweight boxing, and it’s nice for boxing as an entire if Anthony Joshua can come again win or lose and get again within the combine. That’s what we need to see.
“Sure, he has,” mentioned Oliver when requested if Joshua has an opponent. “I’m listening to it’s April 1st in London, probably the O2, and it’s Demsey McKean, who’s an Australian heavyweight, former MMA fighter, 22-0, tall, southpaw, just a little massive straight again and likes to have a go.
“It’s possibly an ideal confidence-builder for Anthony Joshua as a result of that’s what he wants proper now, to be truthful. I feel you’ll be able to permit him that one, however then we bought to get him again within the combine,” mentioned Oliver.
“I’d desire to see him in with somebody like Otto Wallin,” mentioned Jordan about Joshua. “I feel there’s extra in that struggle. He’s bought a greater title, is extra established, and if he knocks him out, there’s extra confidence throughout. The background noise from the media will probably be, ‘Oh, a stay one right here,’ and the background noise for him is, ‘I simply knocked out Otto Wallin.’ Fury had hassle with him.”