Anthony Joshua’s new coach Robert Garcia admits it will be a ‘big challenge’ for him to claim victory in the Usyk rematch

ROBERT GARCIA admits making Anthony Joshua a three-time heavyweight champion will be a ‘big challenge’ for him.

The renowned American coach was drafted in to replace AJ’s former long-time coach Robert McCracken, who got the boot following the Watford warrior’s loss to Oleksandr Usyk last September.

Anthony Joshua was turned over by Oleksandr Usyk in their Tottenham clash last year

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Anthony Joshua was turned over by Oleksandr Usyk in their Tottenham clash last yearCredit: GETTY
AJ has brought in respected trainer Robert Garcia to help him prepare for his rematch against Usyk

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AJ has brought in respected trainer Robert Garcia to help him prepare for his rematch against UsykPhoto credit: Snapchat
And Garcia - the coach of 14 world champions - has no illusions about them

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And Garcia – the coach of 14 world champions – has no illusions about themPhoto credit: THE SUN

Garcia, 47, has managed 14 champions in his coaching career but has yet to lead a heavyweight to a world title – which he will hope to do when Joshua takes on Usyk later this summer.

He said: “It’s a big challenge for me because it’s my first time fighting a heavyweight for a world title. So it’s like a dream come true.

“I’ve had champions in just about every weight class from 105-108 to 112-115, 118, 122, 126 and 135 pounds.

“I think I’m just missing cruiserweight, light heavyweight and super middleweight. That’s the three I’m missing, plus heavyweight.

“But having a heavyweight champion is the best thing. I’m excited.”

Former super featherweight champion Garcia never intended to train a heavyweight contender, telling Little Giant Boxing: “I always thought maybe heavyweight wasn’t a good idea because it’s different.

“Your way of training is very different than at a lightweight. We’re used to doing lots of laps in mittens, doing speed work, and running a lot more. It’s a different story with heavyweights.”

Garcia made two secret trips to the UK to train with AJ before his appointment was confirmed and was very impressed with the Briton’s work ethic.

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He said of Joshua, “He’s a very, very challenging fighter to himself. He wants those challenges and he trains hard.

“He works as hard as any lightweight. So that’s the difference.

“The few heavyweights I’ve worked with before were kind of lazy because they’re heavy and they don’t work that hard.

“You’re a bit lazy. All of that happened.

“That’s probably why I came up with the idea, ‘Maybe I’ll never work with heavyweights.'”

Joshua, 32, was flipped by slick southpaw Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur last September and lost the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles.

Usyk will be a tough nut to crack for the second time but Garcia is enjoying the challenge of recovering from the undefeated Ukraine’s first professional defeat.

He said: “That opportunity came and I loved that challenge, especially after losing and rematching the guy who beat him and became champion at that weight.

“It’s a big challenge for me. I know it won’t be easy but I’ll do whatever it takes to get Anthony to be champion again.”

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