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Anthony Joshua should look closer to home for new coach, according to retired heavyweight

Former two-time unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua 24-3 (22) has been urged to look closer to home in his bid to find a new trainer.

The 33-year-old Joshua has lost back-to-back fights to Ukrainian southpaw and former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk 20-0 (13), losing his WBA, WBO and IBF titles in the process.

Joshua was trained for the first fight in September last year by long time coach Rob McCracken. He lost the bout by unanimous decision by scores of 112-117, 113-115 and 112-116.

The loss prompted the Brit to part ways with McCracken and head to the United States to seek out a new coach. After trailing with a range of different top flight trainer, he finally settled on Robert Garcia.

That partnership lasted exactly one fight.

Joshua was more effective in his August rematch with Usyk, 35, losing by unanimous decision. The scores were 115-113 for Joshua and 116-112 and 115-113 for Usyk.

Now Joshua is back in the United States on the hunt for a new coach once again. Some of the trainers he has been auditioning include Roy Jones Jr, Derrick James and Virgil Hunter.

But not everyone thinks Joshua is taking the right approach to restructuring his training team.

Retired former heavyweight David Price believe the solution could lie closer to home.

“I tell you a good trainer and you might think I’m mad but because he’s known him since he was a kid, Don Charles who trains Derek Chisora. I bet he’d do a great job with Anthony Joshua,” Price told iD Boxing.

“But it’s not the glamour name, it’s not the name that makes people sit up and take notice. It could be sitting on his own doorstep the best answer.”

Price believes that British trainers are at least as good, if not better, than their American counterparts.

“He’s known him since he was a kid, he’s a good trainer of heavyweights, he’s a big man himself,” Price continued. “What has he got to lose? He wants to go and train in America with all these big names. I’m not all for the American trainers, I think a lot of it is bullshit.

“Just because they’ve got an American accent and the big American thing like HBO and this and that. There’s a lot better trainers in the UK. All of the Americans care about a lot of the time is the money. They just want the money, they don’t really care about the fighter. I think he should stick in the UK with someone that has his best interests at heart.”

Joshua is expected to return to the ring in the first quarter of 2023 with Dillian Whyte, Deontay Wilder, Zhang Zhilei, Filip Hrgovic, Demsey McKean and Otto Wallin all being mentioned as potential opponents.