Anthony Joshua

‘I can help him’ – Oleksandr Usyk offers to train Anthony Joshua and slams Brit’s new regime before heavyweight rematch

OLEKSANDR USYK is the latest heavyweight rival to have a laugh at Anthony Joshua’s training regime.

Decade-long mentor Rob McCracken was the major casualty of AJ’s September loss of the WBA, IBF and WBO belts to the Ukraine sensation.

Oleksandr Usyk offered to train heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua
Oleksandr Usyk offered to train heavyweight rival Anthony JoshuaCredit: Getty
AJ is currently without a trainer despite his upcoming rematch with the Ukrainian
AJ is currently without a trainer despite his upcoming rematch with the UkrainianCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd

And, despite the mega-money rematch planned for June, a replacement head trainer is yet to be named.

Tyson Fury has had a couple of digs at the collapse of the 32-year-old Watford icon’s team and offered to train the 2012 Olympic golden boy himself.

And now 35-year-old Usyk has made the same sarcastic suggestion ahead of their rerun that will land in London or the Middle East.

Behind the Gloves asked Usyk about Joshua’s camp confusion.

The Ukrainian said: “I don’t think or care about what he is doing. I don’t care if he changes his trainer or his camp.

“I know I have my team and trainers and I really don’t care about how he prepares.

“In five years’ time when I have retired, if he still wants a new trainer then, I can help him establish a team.”

Usyk and WBC champion Fury tried to set up an undisputed showdown last month, by making AJ and Fury’s mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte take step-aside deals.

Talks got into the final straight before the complicated plan collapsed and blame was hurled in all directions.

Usyk is keeping his cool over the frustrating route to four-belt glory but he won’t stand for the Gypsy King claiming he ducked their fight.

And he holds up his fearless 2018 trip to Moscow to beat Russian hero Murat Gassiev – when the two nations were at loggerheads over Crimea – as a sign of his unquestionable bravery.

He said: “Fury is lying, I have never ducked anybody.

“In all of my career, I have never ducked anybody.

“I have been to Moscow to fight when national relations were very tight and I could have had big problems there.

“But I went to Russia, into Moscow, and I showed the people I have no fear.”

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