Anthony Joshua splits from second coach in year after Oleksandr Usyk loss as he heads to US to replace Robert Garcia

ANTHONY JOSHUA appears to have split from coach Robert Garcia with his promoter, Eddie Hearn, confirming the Brit is in the US building a new team.

The two-time heavyweight world champion split with long-term trainer Rob McCracken following his fist defeat by Oleksandr Usyk in the United Kingdom last year and brought in Garcia.

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EPAJoshua lost the rematch to Usyk via split decision[/caption]

He then tried to get revenge over Usyk in August and went with a gameplan formulated by Garcia, but ultimately came up short in the rematch, losing in Saudi Arabia vis split decision.

Rumours of a split sparked after Garcia was mistranslated as criticising Joshua in a Spanish interview.

However, Joshua’s promoter, Matchroom chief Hearn, confirmed the heavyweight is in the US putting a new team together.

Hearn told Behind The Gloves: “No, he is good. He is out in America at the moment working on his new team.

“He is getting that together and then we will get an opponent sorted and the date is pretty much locked in.

“It is pretty much sorted and we are looking forward to seeing him return.”

Joshua is expected to make a return to the ring next year.

A second fight with Dillian Whyte has been talked up.

However, trainer Shane McGuigan reckons Joshua might be tempted to fight fellow Brit Daniel Dubois.

reckons Anthony Joshua might be tempted to fight fellow Brit Daniel Dubois.

“But it’s down to Martin Bowers [Dubois’ manager] and Frank [Warren, his promoter], that are going to be matching his next move. Obviously, we sit down and we discuss it.

“No one’s ever been queuing up to fight Daniel. Especially the big names because they think, ‘I’m going to walk into heavy shots there and he’s got a puncher’s chance and what’s there really to gain from it?’

“He’s got the WBA ‘regular’ title. He’s also showed in their eyes a bit of weakness in that last fight.

If Joshua isn’t ready to fight, McGuigan hinted that another all-British bout could be on the cards.

He added: “I think Dillian Whyte’s perfect. He’s just come off a win. Apparently he doesn’t want the AJ fight at the moment.

“I don’t know if AJ’s going to be ready in that timeframe. That would be great for us.”

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