Roy Jones Jr has shed some insight on his conversations – or lack thereof – with Anthony Joshua regarding the pair working together.
Joshua had been linked to the former undisputed middleweight champion as a potential trainer after the pair reportedly linked up in Abu Dhabi.
However, Jones revealed to Vegas Insider that ‘AJ’ eventually decided to go in a different direction is now expected to announce that he will be working under Jones’ countryman Derrick James moving forward.
“We had had a couple of conversations about him coming to Brighton to trial me with, to see if we had any chemistry but we did not get to that stage, he did not come to Brighton. He went to the United States and met with Derrick James first before we had a chance to get together.”
“I feel if you have the chemistry and the right connection there’s no point in going back and forth, trying out different trainers.”
Jones, who will be in the UK this weekend for Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith, said he had wished Joshua all the best for his partnership with James – but that the former unified world champion did not get back to him.
“I texted him a message as I heard he’d been in America with James and just said maybe it’s good to stick with James if there’s chemistry as I do not want to make it harder for you to make a decision, going back and forth.”
“He did not get back to me but I wish him all the best.”
Fans are now just awaiting an official announcement regarding Joshua’s trainer as well as a comeback opponent, with former Dillian Whyte foe Jermaine Franklin believed to be the front runner for a big money bout in April.