Robert Garcia caught up with Boxing Social’s Ali Drew to discuss preparations for the almost-made fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury.
Joshua split with long-time head trainer Rob McCracken following his first loss to Oleksandr Usyk. He scouted coaches in America to replace him for the rematch, and ultimately settled on the former world champion turned trainer, Garcia, to join his corner.
Many felt that ‘AJ’ improved in the rematch. He certainly had more success in the fight. His efforts weren’t enough, however, as Usyk showed his elite levels and kept hold of the heavyweight titles.
Garcia, who has been in contact with ‘AJ’s team regularly about the progressing negotiations with Fury, says he would be happy to work with the former Heavyweight Champion again.
Whether training takes place in England or the United States is yet to be agreed, but Garcia has a clear preference.
“If it does happen, I’d be more than happy to join their team again, camp in England.
But I’ve also advised them that they should try camp in California around my fighters, around my world champions, because that would make a big difference [for] any fighter. I’m not just talking Anthony Joshua himself.”
Garcia went on to say that his camp in California, which includes the likes of José Ramírez and Jesse Rodriguez, see fighters push one another to greatness. It’s this piece of advice that the trainer believes will be key to Joshua improving.
“He’s already a very naturally talented fighter.
With so much that he could do, if he makes that little move and decides to do this I think he would just be so much better, because he’s still learning.
Even though he started at eighteen and he’s accomplished so much – Gold Medallist and two-time Heavyweight Champion – I think he [could] still improve so much better. Especially if he’s around those type of fighters like I’m mentioning.”
Facing ‘The Gypsy King’ will be one of the biggest tests of ‘AJ’s career. There’s certain to be an update soon on whether he’ll make the trip across the pond to prepare.