Anthony Joshua’s coach Rob McCracken told him to “do what he has to do” before he headed off to America to meet with other trainers.
Joshua has insisted he won’t be changing head trainers, despite spending time in the States with coaches Ronnie Shields, Eddy Reynoso, Virgil Hunter and Robert Garcia, but may add to his team.
He travelled across the country to learn from a number of top coaches, also speaking with Canelo Alvarez after watching the Mexican spar for 12 rounds.
But Joshua insists that he remained in contact with McCracken, who he views as his answer to iconic football manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
The pair have worked together since McCracken coached Joshua to Olympic gold in 2012 but the former world champion is considering shaking up his team.
“As a man, I have to do what’s right for me,” Joshua told iFL TV. “I speak to Rob about it, and Rob, as a man, agrees that if it’s good for me, he’ll say ‘champ, you do what you’ve got to do’.
“Rob’s not a controlling type of person, he’s very laid back and he’s happy to see the progression of what’s needed.”
McCracken, a renowned trainer since hanging up the gloves at the start of the century, fought four times in America during his career in the late 90s.
He was a British and Commonwealth champion during his run as a fighter, and got the opportunity to fight in Maryland, California and Atlantic City before returning home at the turn of the century.
And Joshua believes that understanding of why a British fighter would go to America will help him to understand why he made the decision to spend some time in the States.
“Rob was once a fighter as well,” Joshua continued. “He took himself to America and fought out there for three years so he gets that transition.
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“And it’s only right at this stage of my career that I do it as well.
“I wish I would have done these things sooner, but I’ve done it now and it can only add to my game.
“None of these trainers can make me, in my humble opinion with all due respect, no-one can make you because it’s what you take from it.
“It’s down to your application to see what you get from that environment and I’m just taking myself to a new environment, listening to new things and applying them.”
Joshua has immediately triggered his contractual rematch clause to get another shot at Oleksandr Usyk after losing his world heavyweight titles to the Ukrainian last month.
He was comfortably beaten at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, but went straight back to training, and says his trip to America was a learning mission as he prepares for the second fight.
Joshua was favourite to beat Usyk as they stepped into the ring, but odds have now flipped and he is an underdog for the first time in years ahead of the rematch.Internet Explorer Channel Network