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Anthony Joshua switches trainer hopes to enter 2023 with a new mentality

Anthony Joshua has reportedly chosen Derrick James, the former unified heavyweight world champion, as his next trainer as he prepares to return to action in April. Following back-to-back defeats to Oleksandr Usyk, the 33-year-old British star is looking to regain confidence as he pursues a third world title reign in 2023.

Following a brief stint with the Californian trainer, who was in Joshua's corner for his second defeat to Usyk in Saudi Arabia last August, AJ appears set to part ways with him.

According to rumors, Joshua has agreed to a new partnership with James after trial sessions in the United States in recent months.

Prior to his partnership with Garcia, Joshua had considered teaming up with James, but now he looks set to become a stablemate of unified and undisputed world champions Errol Spence Jr and Jermell Charlo.

Eddie Hearn is believed to have scheduled Joshua's return to the ring on April 1 after a six-month break.

Despite the British public's strong desire for AJ vs Dillian Whyte, Australian heavyweight Demsey McKean has been proposed as Joshua's next opponent. McKean has previously sparred with Joshua and is climbing the heavyweight rankings after improving to 22-0 in October.

Hearn, who also promotes McKean, sees no issues with the IBF Intercontinental champion's ambition, refusing to rule out a fight with AJ. He said: “Yeah, look he’s 22-0, he’s top 10 in the world, what more have you got to do? He’s yet to fight one of those elite guys but that’s what happens, you build your record, you learn in the game, you build yourself up the rankings and then you fight one of the elite guys, that’s the natural step next.

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