Robert Garcia has came forward with an insight on how Anthony Joshua’s camp went ahead of his unsuccessful rematch with Oleksandr Usyk last year.
Joshua parted ways with Garcia after the fight, and has linked up with Dallas based trainer Derrick James ahead of his comeback bout against Jermaine Franklin next month.
And Garcia admitted to ID Boxing that conditions for the camp were not ideal, and that he even considered leaving at one point.
“I know that the work with me and Angel Fernandez wasn’t bad, but it honestly could have been better. Nobody mentions everything that went on in training camp, and I’m not going to mention it either.”
“But we all know the way the training camp went.”
“It was frustrating for me, there was so many new people in camp. The first week that I was there, I told his management team to fly me home. Because there were people there who, I believe, were not going to help out.”
“That was then. Now I think he’s in a great place, in a great training camp and I’m sure he’ll be in great shape. He’s going to get a good, solid win so his next fight can be against a big name”
There is a belief that the link up with James, alongside escaping intense media scrutiny in the UK, could bring out the best version of Joshua fans have seen in years.
Though he goes into the fight on April 1st at the 02 a considerable favourite, defeat would be catastrophic for ‘AJ,’ with many believing a loss may even lead to his retirement.
Franklin proved against Dillian Whyte last time out that he can mix it with the best heavyweights on the planet, however, and will have all the confidence in the world of upsetting the applecart in just under a month’s time.