Eddie Hearn has confirmed Anthony Joshua will reveal his new trainer in the coming weeks ahead of his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.
Yet long-term coach Robert McCracken WILL be in the corner in some capacity.
Joshua was convincingly beaten by the Ukrainian in September at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, leading to speculation he could sack McCracken.
Indeed, the two-time world heavyweight champion visited several American trainers, including Eddy Reynoso and Ronnie Shields, as he seeks fresh inspiration to reclaim the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight belts.
With an immediate rematch scheduled and a date for April mooted, the 32-year-old has plenty of work to do to dethrone Usyk in the sequel – especially since there were claims he did not try to knock the Brit out in the later rounds.
And AJ’s promoter, Hearnm has confirmed fans can expect an announcement within the next three to four weeks.
Hearn told iFL TV: “I think AJ will make an announcement when camp starts, which I guess will be end of January, early February.
“But he’s worked hard to get it right.
“A lot of people have said, ‘do you think it’s risky to bring in a new trainer?’
“I flip that and say, ‘do you think it’s risky to not be comfortable with your setup or your surroundings?’”
When asked if McCracken would be involved in some capacity, Hearn was full of praise for the Team GB chief.
“He’ll always be involved in some way,” the Matchroom chief continued. “He’s more than just a trainer to Anthony Joshua… he’s a mentor, an advisor.
“Those two will always talk – in what capacity, I don’t know. I’ll leave that to AJ to announce.
“But there will certainly be additions to the training team.”
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