Former British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion, David Price, has thrown a domestic name into the hat for the Anthony Joshua trainer job.
Joshua is once again on the search for a cornerman after a brief stint with Robert Garcia, who paired up with the British fighter for his Oleksandr Usyk rematch.
Just as the first fight – in which ‘AJ’ was guided by longtime trainer, Robert McCracken – he was unsuccessful and the Ukrainian won on points.
Price told iD Boxing that Joshua might be better served looking on this side of the pond.
“I think he should just go back to his roots. There’s trainers out there who would do a better job with AJ than these bigger names. I tell you who would be a good trainer for Anthony Joshua – and you might think it sounds mad – because he knows him and he’s known him since he was a kid. Don Charles.
I bet he’d do a great job with Anthony Joshua, I really think he would, but it’s not the glamour name. It’s not the name that would make people sit up and take notice. It could be sitting on his own doorstep, the best answer, but it’s all up to him. He does what he wants to do.”
Charles is of course most known for being at the helm in Derek Chisora fights, most recently the lopsided defeat to Tyson Fury. He was criticised in the aftermath for not throwing in the towel.
Before that, the pair had some big nights together until Chisora sought other coaches, returning to Charles only recently after some work with Dave Coldwell and David Haye.
The situation isn’t dissimilar to ‘AJ’s split with McCracken, and there are some in the sport who are wondering whether the former champion might be best returning to that link up.
As Price says, though, it’s all up to Joshua – and he seems to be leaning towards Stateside for his new mentor.