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Dillian Whyte cautions Antony Joshua against trainer change

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anthony-joshua-matchroom-ftr Ian Walton, Matchroom Boxing

Dillian Whyte does not think Anthony Joshua needs to change trainers if he wants to beat Oleksandr Usyk in next year’s rematch.

Joshua and the new IBF, WBA, and WBO champion are set to meet in early 2022 for the second time after the 31-year-old Briton lost to the former undisputed cruiserweight champion in September.

The deposed fighter has been pictured trying out a number of gyms in America with the expectation that he will appoint a new trainer to improve his game.

Joshua appeared to try to outbox the tactical Usyk after preparation led by current trainer Rob McCracken, but Ronnie Shields is at least one alternative who seems to have been tested out.

However, speaking to talkSPORT, current interim WBC champion Whyte said: “The easiest thing to do when you lose is to question the people around you instead of questioning yourself.

“Robert McCracken is a great trainer – look what he’s done for Carl Froch and other people on the GB squad. “But when you lose, you start looking for excuses, ‘Ah maybe I didn’t sleep enough, maybe it’s my coaches.’

“Joshua’s problem is with himself. It’s not with his coaches – it’s him.vHe let all these idiots come around him and start telling him, ‘Ah, yeah, do this and be like this.’ He should’ve started steaming Usyk after a few rounds. He should’ve at least tried.vHe just subdued to a 12-round beating.”

Whyte said he was unsure if Joshua could win back the belts, explaining: “I don’t know. I thought Usyk stopped him in the last round.

“I thought the referee should’ve stopped it.”

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