Anthony Joshua told to drop coach and train with “cult leader” for Oleksandr Usyk rematch

Anthony Joshua told to drop coach and train with “cult leader” for Oleksandr Usyk rematch

Anthony Joshua has been told to drop his current coaching set up and begin training exclusively with Adam Booth.

Former world champion Andy Lee, who has transitioned into a career in coaching since retiring from the sport, was the driving force behind his cousin Tyson Fury’s pairing with SugarHill Steward.

And he has recommended that Joshua work with renowned trainer Booth, who famously coached David Haye during his prime.

Lee was honoured by praise in a recent interview with Joshua, where the former world champion said he had great respect for the Irishman while discussing Fury’s team.

And he has offered his own advice, saying that while he personally would have little interest in working with Joshua due to his ties with Fury, he would find him a tough test for his cousin if they fought with Booth in the opposing corner.

“Without sounding arrogant, Tyson and Sugarhill are together because of me,” Lee told iFL TV yesterday. “I could see that was the perfect relationship.

Anthony Joshua has been told to drop his corner team and take on Adam Booth instead
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“And if Anthony Joshua rates me and wants to listen to anything then I think the best coach out there for Anthony Joshua is Adam Booth.

“For me, Adam Booth is the best trainer in the country.”

Booth’s current stable of fighters includes Michael Conlan, who will fight Leigh Wood for the featherweight world title next year, as well as Shannon Courtenay and Geordie Shore star Aaron Chalmers.

And Lee believes that Booth will be able to bring Joshua back to his former glories, assuming he can be given full control of the training set-up.

Joshua has previously stated that should he take on another coach, he would prefer to do it with current head trainer Rob McCracken overseeing the entire camp.

But Lee feels the best work would be done behind-closed-doors with simply Booth and Joshua working together.

“Nobody has an understanding of the game like Adam Booth,” Lee explained. “Nobody knows what it takes to improve a fighter like Adam Booth.

“But I think it would come with a few conditions, like when it is time for the training the only person who walks through that gym door is Anthony Joshua.

“They lock the door behind them and they get to work and every day is like that.”

Lee doesn’t necessarily believe that Joshua should get rid of McCracken, but after seeing him travel America and meet with other coaches, many have speculated a split may be imminent.

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Joshua has said that he would be open to separating if it were right for both parties, but also views McCracken as boxing’s answer to Sir Alex Ferguson, and would rather have him oversee his training regime.

And Lee also revealed that Booth has been theorising about what he would do should Joshua pick up the phone and make the call.

“Adam has already told me a few things he has seen, just over a few text messages, about how he would improve Joshua.

“Rob McCracken is a great coach and he does not need replacing, in my eyes, but if he is then I think he should at least touch base with Adam and explore that avenue.

“If Anthony teams up with Adam then he becomes a weapon.

“Look what David Haye used to do, he beat Nikolai Valuez, John Ruiz, Monte Barrett and challenged a prime Wladimir Klitschko when he was the finest heavyweight of his era.

“If you follow Adam Booth – and he is a bit like a cult leader – if you join his cult then the results speak for themselves.

“I am sure they know each other, they just need to pick up the phone, it is a partnership that would get me very excited.”

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