Frazer Clarke believes Robert Garcia is a top capture by Anthony Joshua.
The heavyweight fighter will return to the ring on July 30 at the Bournemouth International Centre.
Clarke, who turned professional after the Olympics, signing with 258 Management and inking a promotional pact with Ben Shalom’s Boxxer and Sky Sports, made his debut earlier this year.
The 30-year-old West Midlands man met fellow debutant Jake Darnell in his bow in the paid code back in February, on the undercard of Kell Brook’s destructive stoppage of long-time rival Amir Khan.
And after dealing with an injury that has kept him out since, Clarke will be back under the lights on the undercard of Chris Billam-Smith’s mouth-watering domestic dust-up against Isaac Chamberlain.
Ahead of his return, against Michal Boloz of Poland, Clarke was speaking about his mentor Joshua’s mindset going into the rematch against Oleksandr Usyk.
Usyk dethroned ‘AJ’ at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London last September and will put the WBA Super, IBF, IBO and WBO world heavyweight titles on the line when the pair meet again on August 20 in Saudi Arabia.
In a chat with Boxing Social’s Ayman Khan, ‘The Eraser’ said:
“Robert Garcia can advise Joshua.
“He’s experienced, he’s been there and done it and this isn’t his first rodeo.
“He’s straight-talking, straight to the point, he knows what he wants from his fighter and he demands it so he can only be a good addition.”
Angel Fernandez, who is also part of Joshua’s coaching setup, trains Clarke, but he reckons those in the Joshua corner on the night will struggle to find the perfect fighter to bring in to prepare their man.
“You can bring a southpaw in, you can get durable sparring partners, you get fast ones, big ones, ones that can move their feet and head, a few that can throw a lot of shots –– you just have to mix it up a bit –– because it’s very difficult to match Usyk’s style.
“[Joshua is] a positive geezer who didn’t quite manage to get his game plan off last time out, but he’s determined, he wants to win and wants his revenge.
“The fact he’s been with us in Loughborough and now he’s gone to Jeddah early to get acclimatised and put more hard work in says everything about him.
“He’s a winner and all he wants to do is win this fight.”