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Robert Garcia says Anthony Joshua lacks self-belief, urges him to get out of his comfort zone

Anthony Joshua and Robert Garcia

While former two-time unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua 24-3 (22) is on the hunt for a new trainer, his old coach Robert Garcia had some words of advice for him.

Brit Joshua, 33, split with his long time trainer Rob McCracken after his first loss to Ukrainian southpaw Oleksandr Usyk 20-0 (13) in September last year. He then hooked up with renowned American trainer Garcia for the Usyk rematch in August. That bout was closer, but Joshua still lost by split decision.

Garcia has been critical of Joshua’s work ethic in the gym.

“My personal advice, and I told [Joshua] and all of his team, right before I left the next day… I told them it doesn’t matter who [his trainer is]. It doesn’t matter if it’s me again, he needs to change his camp around,” Garcia said to ESNews.

“He needs to go to the United States, he needs to train in the gym, where he’s got Joshua Franco, where he’s got Lindolfo Delgado, you got [Jesse] Bam [Rodriguez], you got Jose Ramirez, you know, you’ve got young guys that are actually looking up to you.

“And you cannot say, ‘Oh, I don’t want to spar because I’m tired.’ ‘Oh, I didn’t sleep enough last night, so I don’t want to train today.’ Then the young fighters that want to be like you are going to see something and [say] ‘that’s not a world champion.’ You’ve got to give them an example. You’ve got to be better than them so they can be what you are now.”

“That’s what Anthony Joshua needs. It’s not about Derrick James doing a better job, Virgil Hunter doing a better job, me doing better than his previous trainer. It’s about him getting out of his comfort zone and not being the boss and being and doing what he’s taught to do at a place where he isn’t comfortable. That’s what he needs. That’s what he needs. He’s very talented. His power is insane. And he needs to believe in himself. He can’t go by what he sees on social media.”

Garcia added that Joshua reached out to him to let him know he would be looking at other trainers to progress his career.

“Anthony called me and told me what he was doing and I respect it,” Garcia said. “I understand, you know, the way he is seeing things and honestly, I wish him the best, because even if it was me again – I understand they are trying to fight sometime in the spring, so that will be sometime in March or April and having to go to camp in England it will be very difficult for me because I know that Jose [Ramirez] is fighting during that time.

“Do you think I’m going to leave Jose… Jose fighting [WBC 140-pound titlist] Regis [Prograis], which is a very fucking difficult fight, but that’s what Jose wants so that’s what we’re going to do to have him ready for that fight. Bam is going to fight around the same time.”