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Robert Garcia expects Antony Joshua to get a soft touch upon his return

Anthony Joshua and trainer Robert Garcia. Photo credit: Getty Images

Anthony Joshua’s former trainer Robert Garcia is expecting his replacement will do a good job with his old charge as he expects the former WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion to face a few soft touches when he returns to the ring.

The world renowned Garcia joined Joshua’s team ahead of Joshua’s rematch with Ukrainian southpaw Oleksandr Usyk in August, a fight he lost by majority decision. It was a better result than their first fight 11 months earlier that Joshua lost by unanimous decision.

Still, it wasn’t enough for Garcia to keep his role. The 33-year-old Brit is currently searching for a new coach in the United States ahead of a planned return to the ring next year.

Joshua still has longtime assistant trainer Angel Fernandez in his corner but has been cited training with Virgil Hunter in San Francisco and Derrick James in Dallas.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has suggested former world title challenger Dillin Whyte as a future opponent, but Garcia isn’t so sure that fight will happen.

“It doesn’t matter who it is, when he comes back, I know they’re going to pick him two or three easy fights so he can look good,” Garcia told ESNews. “That’s going to make any trainer [look good]. Whether it’s Virgil Hunter or if it’s Angel Fernandez — he can just stay with Angel — or he can pick Derrick James. The opponent he’s going to fight he’s going to knock out and that’s going to make him look good and it’s going make whoever training him look good.

“But it’s a big difference. I went in there against Usyk and we still did better than anybody expected. So that’s a big difference. They’re not going to go in there against Usyk. They’re going to go in there against easier opponents that he’s going to go out and destroy, like, ‘Oh shit! What a difference. He looks so much better.’ Yeah, but look at the quality of the opponent too. That’s the big difference.”

Garcia added that there were people in Joshua’s team who would like to see him return to the former unified champion’s camp: “The four months I was with him I think I was able to get along very well and I’m pretty sure everybody on that team would prefer coming to us but, in the end, it’s going to be Anthony’s decision.”