Joshua is currently on a tour of America, meeting potential new trainers. But long-time rival DillianWhyte believes that Joshua needs to take a look in the mirror to see his true issues
Anthony Joshua was told that his problem lies with himself and not Rob McCracken or his team.
Oleksandr Uzyk, the two-time world heavyweight champion, lost his title belts to him last month. The former world champion has been traveling through America in an attempt to find a coach.
Dillian Whyte is his old rival and believes the issue has nothing at all to do with McCracken, or anyone else in his corner. It is instead personal.
Joshua and Whyte fought in both the amateur and the professional ranks. Whyte won their first encounter before Joshua took revenge years later.
It seems certain that the London duo will continue to fight in their rivalry as they bubble up at some point.
And TalkSPORT – speakingWhyte stated that Joshua is more trouble with himself than any other member of his coaching staff.
“The easiest thing to do when you lose is to question the people around you instead of questioning yourself,” Whyte said.
“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.
“He let all these idiots come around him and start telling him, ‘Ah, yeah, do this and be like this’.”
Joshua was favoured to beat Usyk when they met at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium last month, with experts citing his size, experience at the weight and power as reasons he could beat the Ukrainian.
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But Usyk, a former undisputed cruiserweight champion and Olympic gold medalist, came in looking much better than his previous two heavyweight outings, and handily took the belts in front of Joshua’s home crowd of over 63,000.
And Whyte believes that Joshua’s game plan, which included coming in leaner than usual and attempting to outbox the technically proficient Usyk, was part of the reason why he lost.
Usyk had looked unimpressive in his initial two fights against Chazz Witherspoon and Oleksandr Usyk after moving up from cruiserweight, where he had systematically went through the division to become undisputed.
“He should’After a few rounds, I’ve begun to steam Usyk.” Whyte continued. “He should’ve at least tried.
“He just subdued to a 12-round beating.”
Joshua immediately invoked his rematch clause and ordered Usyk to fight again. This bout is expected to take places in the first half of next year.
The odds of the Ukrainian winning the first betting match were almost immediately in their favor after the Brit was voted favourite by the bookies.
However, Whyte doesn’t know if he can make the necessary changes to win the fight. He stated that he felt that the fight could have been stopped in their first meeting.
“I don’t know,” he answered when asked if Joshua will win the second fight. “I thought Usyk stopped him in the last round.
“I thought the referee should’ve stopped it.”