Anthony Joshua to be trained by Roy Jones Jr as he prepares for comeback after devastating Oleksandr Usyk defeats

ANTHONY JOSHUA will be trained by boxing legend Roy Jones Jr as he tries to get back to the top of the sport.

The Brit is reeling after back-to-back defeats against Oleksandr Usyk that saw him lose his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles.

Anthony Joshua is set to link up with Roy Jones Jr


Anthony Joshua is set to link up with Roy Jones JrCredit: Getty
Jones Jr is also training Chris Eubank Jr


Jones Jr is also training Chris Eubank JrCredit: PA

AJ split with long-time coach and friend Robert McCracken for the Usyk rematch – but linking up with Robert Garcia made little difference.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Jones Jr confirmed he will spend some time training the deposed champ.

The 53-year-old said “He’s not [looking to tie himself down], he’s not.

“He’s come to talk to me too, so I’ll be one of those guys talking to him and we’ll see what happens.

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“We spoke the other day, so we’re gonna talk. He’s gonna come to the gym and see what we do.

“If it works out well, that’ll be it. If it don’t, he can go on and find a better trainer.”

Jones Jr has famously taken Chris Eubank Jr under his wing as he plots a world title clash for the Brighton hitter.

Ahead of the Usyk rematch, Joshua went on a tour of US gyms before deciding on Garcia.


But the 33-year-old has revealed he does not want to tie himself down permanently to one trainer.

He previously told Sporting News: “In terms of Robert Garcia, I respect him a lot.

“He’s a really good man, really good trainer. Will I work with him again?

“Yeah I would, but what I’ve said to Robert and the team as well is that I want to be a free spirit.

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“You know, I locked myself down for 11 years with one coach, and now I just feel like I just want to learn as much as possible…

“I feel I’m in a position where I’m able to work with anyone. So, yeah, who knows what will happen next year.”

Jones Jr made his own boxing comeback when he fought Mike Tyson in an exhibition


Jones Jr made his own boxing comeback when he fought Mike Tyson in an exhibitionCredit: Reuters


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