In October after his defeat, Joshua went to America and spoke to a number of trainers – and there’s been speculation that the fighter might look to change up his team for the upcoming rematch with Usyk.
One of the fighters he met was Ronnie Shields, 63, a hugely-respected former trainer of Tyson and Evander Holyfield, who won World Boxing Hall of Fame’s Trainer of the Year in 2003.
Speaking via MyBettingSites, Shields’ assistant Dominick Guinn said about Joshua. “He needs to get back into believing in himself, believing what he can do. I believe that he knows that he’s a champion, he knows what to do.
“That’s what I mean, yes – we’ll bring the dog out of him, the killer out of him, help him remember how it felt before he won his first title, before he beat Charles Martin and got that first belt.
“I feel like if he does come to Houston, that’s going to give him another boost when he steps in the ring. To step out on his own and come somewhere else, and somewhere where he’s uncomfortable.
“And he’s going to come here and he’s going to get real uncomfortable and we’re just going to bring it back out of him. He’s going to be around other lions and killers just like himself.
And Guinn spoke about Shields, the coach Joshua could potentially link up with: “Ronnie is an ex-champion and I’m a former fighter, though I never won a world championship.
“I think Ronnie has maybe 30 world champions who he has worked with and I’ve been in the ring with a lot of different guys.
“Ronnie’s worked with Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, David Tua, Andrew Golota, so I really feel you’ll get the best experience if you come to Houston, Texas.”