Eddie Hearn has weighed in on Anthony Joshua’s surprising recent link up with Tyson Fury’s former trainer Ben Davison.
Reports emerged over the past few days that Joshua had spent time working with Davison at his gym, leading fans to speculate over the relationship between Joshua and his trainer Derrick James.
Speaking to Boxing Social, Hearn explained that Joshua is “100%” still with James, however added that Davison is a “fantastic coach” who is helping ‘AJ’ sharpen his tools ahead of a potential end of year fight.
“AJ is with Derrick James, 100%. But Ben is a fantastic coach and I think that has the kind of mind that AJ would tick with.
AJ is the kind of guy who doesn’t like to be out of camp for too long, and there is a chance he fights in December. So if that’s the case, he wanted these couple of weeks just to sharpen his tools before he heads into camp in Dallas with Derrick.
He speaks with Ben a lot, and just wanted to tick over with him before he heads back to base with Derrick James.”
Joshua’s next fight is up in the air the moment, after the disappointing news that a cross Atlantic blockbuster with Deontay Wilder, which had been tipped to land in Saudi Arabia, will unlikely be next.
Joshua has made it clear he wishes to stay active and wants to stick to his plan of fighting three times this calendar year, with hopes he could be back out this December.
The Matchroom Boss has expressed a willingness to look to revisit the Wilder fight at another international location, though it is unclear how much progress has been made on this front.