A few eyebrows were raised when it emerged last week that Anthony Joshua has been working with Ben Davison, former trainer of WBC heavyweight world champion ‘AJ’s long time rival, Tyson Fury.
And now Carl Froch, who has not been shy in criticising Joshua, has weighed in with his two cents on the situation.
Froch explained that he believes the emerging situation between Joshua and Davison is actually “disrespectful” towards Derrick James, who is still the Brit’s coach and who prepared him for his last two fights.
“Ben Davison is a good trainer, I like his tactics and the way he breaks down fights tactically from round one, so if Ben and AJ are working together, it will be an interesting addition to AJ’s mindset, and maybe tactics as well.”
“But I I don’t know the extent of how much he’s working with him? But I can’t see any disadvantages to AJ having a little bit of work with Ben Davison. I think Ben Davison’s a great, great coach. He’s had some good success as a coach and is dedicated, he puts the time into his students, so I’ve got nothing against that.”
“But I don’t understand what AJ’s thought process is, because why is he not just sticking with Derek James and sticking with him and listening to him and working with him. I think he’s a bit disrespectful actually to Derek James, but I don’t know how Derek James feels about that.”
It remains unclear as of yet whether working with Davison will become a regular occurence for Joshua, or is just a ticking over exercise whilst he spends time in the UK, with James based in Texas.
Promoter Eddie Hearn had claimed the former unified world champion could be back in the ring in December, however for that to happen an opponent would need to be announced imminently.