By Elisinio Castillo

It's becoming a bad month for veteran Cuban trainer Ismael Salas, because both Rances and Leduan Barthelemy have decided to part ways with the coach.

Last Saturday at the O2 Arena in London, Salas was working the corner as the head trainer of heavyweight David Haye, who got demolished by Tony Bellew in five rounds.

The long training camp with Haye, which took place in London, has also prevented Salas from working the corner of Jorge Linares, who defends his WBA lightweight title this Saturday against Vasyl Lomachenko at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

And now the Barthelemy brothers have decided to hire a new team to train them.

"We have no grudge or remorse against Salas, on the contrary, we are grateful for the time we spent together, but it is time to reach a higher level, to explode forward. We need another voice in the corner, another chain of command," Rances told George Ebro.

Tied by his commitments in London with Haye, Salas was hardly a factor in the Rancés training camp for his March 10 match against Belarussian Kiryl Relihk, coming in one day before the fight.

This caused discomfort among the other members of the boxer's team, especially with his brother Yan, who was extremely critical of the situation in the days before the title match.

"I'll just say that my brother Yan was right in a lot of the things he said," added Rances, "but I do not want to look at the past anymore, but concentrate on what might happen in the future. I am young, strong, I have won two world titles. I have everything in my favor. ''

For now, the Barthelemy brothers have met with Luis DeCubas Jr. to explore some possibilities, although it will still take them between two or three weeks to make a decision on their planned path.

"When I look at what happened in the recent performances, I feel that I did not fully exploit the talents that God gave me," Rances acknowledged. "Sometimes I made a mistake in the fight, I got caught up where I should not have been. I have to analyze many things."