Robert Garcia, a veteran trainer, would strongly recommend that Anthony Joshua participate in two to three fights before facing Deontay Wilder. Eddie Hearn, Joshua's promoter, is keen on setting up a match between the former two-time heavyweight champion and Wilder, the former WBC champion, at some point in 2023.
“One thing that I told [Joshua's team], and I would tell them again now, is that I don’t recommend them to look for a big fight [such as Wilder] immediately," Garcia told Izquierdazo. “Anthony is a huge star in Europe, one of the biggest in history.
He should look for two or three fights a little more adequate, I don’t want to say easy, because there are no easy fights, but he needs a more adequate fight."
Joshua Advised to Build Confidence
“He needs to regain confidence, and get used to a new trainer," Garcia said.
“Because it was a big challenge to get a new trainer and go directly against Usyk, as was in my case. It's not only a challenge for AJ, but also for me, to go into a rematch after being dominated in the first fight. It was difficult." “I think that is a fight that wouldn’t go to the scorecards," Garcia said.
“Both of them hit hard. Many may think that Wilder is going to knock AJ out, but I think that whoever lands first [will win the fight]. "I worked with Anthony, and he hits hard. I have never felt Wilder’s power, but it looks like a hard punch.
But Anthony’s punching power is very strong." said Garcia. Aside from the Usyk-Fury matchup, one of the mostly talked topics among boxing fans these days is what's next for Anthony Joshua. In the eighth month of last year, the former champion squandered an opportunity to reclaim the belts after Usyk took them from him in 2021, but instead Usyk successfully defended the belts and launched Joshua out of the conversation for the next challenger.