Johnny Nelson has shared his opinion on Anthony Joshua changing his trainer once again.
News emerged recently that Joshua is being trained by Ben Davison ahead of his next fight with Otto Wallin on December 23. Davison has formerly worked with fellow British heavyweight rival Tyson Fury, including for ‘The Gypsy King’s tough 12-round fight Wallin.
He is Joshua’s fourth coach in five fights after Joshua left his original coach Rob McCracken following his first loss to Oleksandr Usyk. He then went with Robert Garcia for the unsuccessful rematch, before switching once more to Derek James for his two fights this year – Jermaine Franklin in April and Robert Helenius in August. James is busy in camp with Ryan Garcia right now, hence Joshua working with Davison.
Speaking to Boxing King Media, former cruiserweight champion turned Sky pundit Nelson has spoken about the switch-up.
“This is not going to be very popular with AJ or his team, there will be some backlash, but when Kell Brook left Dominic Ingle and got other coaches, I never expected Kell to win. He was cutting corners. He didn’t want to pay for the best to get the best, Kell learned his lesson, especially before the Amir Khan fight.”
He went on to suggest the decision to stay with Davison shows that ‘AJ’ is ‘cutting corners’.
“I could be wrong but if AJ has chosen Ben Davison to be his coach, to stay at home, I think he’s cutting corners. And if he’s cutting corners at this stage to be the best and work with the best has gone. So to me he’s just biding time just to get through this fight.”