Eddie Hearn, promoter for two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, is pleased with his boxer's decision to add Robert Garcia to the training team.
Last September, Oleksandr Usyk outboxed Joshua over twelve rounds to capture the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight titles.
A rematch is being planned for next month in Saudi Arabia.
To add some more experience to his team, Joshua brought in Garcia, who trained a variety of world champions and prospects over the years.
Hearn believes the addition of Garcia will further boost Joshua's confidence as the rematch nears.
“He’s visited a lot of coaches, he’s spoke to a lot of people. He’s very happy with Angel in the corner as well, but wanted that bit of experience, wanted that bit of difference. He went through that process alone and came out with Robert Garcia who is one of the best trainers in the world," Hearn told IFL TV.
“People talk about him just arriving into camp – Robert Garcia has been here a while, you know, backwards and forwards and for a long period of time. But AJ obviously felt now is the time that he should let the world know as we look to finalize the date and I think he’s going to be a fantastic addition to the corner and I truly believe AJ will win the fight against Usyk. With the momentum and confidence of someone like Robert Garcia, I think it’s going to put him in a great place.”
Hearn would like to see Joshua use similar tactics to Derek Chisora, who gave Usyk a pretty tough fight in October of 2020.
“You’ve got to be smart, you can’t just go in and be reckless, but you’ve got to have smart aggression. And if you look at what Chisora did to Usyk, I know it’s Chisora and it’s different, when Usyk found his rhythm against Chisora he started to box very nicely, but you’ve got to take him out of that rhythm, you’ve got to unsettle him. I don’t think – as most people will be in the same boat – Usyk likes getting hit," Hearn said.
“I don’t think he likes it round the body. I don’t think he likes it rough and tough. So you’ve got to give it him. But you’ve got to do it in a smart way. I mean, I’m an armchair fan, ultimately. But you talk about Robert Garcia and those kind of guys, coming up with gameplans, you’ve got to put a dent in him. AJ can hurt this guy bad if he’s got those kind of intentions but in a smart way.”