Anthony Joshua has visited two notable US gyms in recent days and has been seen hanging out with Canelo Alvarez amid rumors he could change coaches for Oleksandr Usyk’s rematch.
AJ is currently in America following his loss to the Ukrainian late last month.
The Briton was foiled by Usyk and beaten via a clear and unanimous decision, although he has since activated his contract clause to force an immediate rematch.
By the end of the fight, many questioned his tactical approach as he attempted to outbox the smaller technical genius, rather than use his advantages in size and strength.
Questions were also posed to its training team – led by Rob McCracken – and there was much speculation about the potential changes thereafter.
So far, nothing official has confirmed that a change could be made.
When AJ lost to Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019, there were similar rumors, but he backed McCracken and opted to add additional coaches Angel Fernandez and Joby Clayton to his squad instead.
Together, they won the rematch by completely taking Ruiz Jr.
This team also led Joshua to victory over Kubrat Pulev, but had no response for Usyk.
First, earlier this week AJ posted Snapchats showing himself visiting Joshua Buatsi at Virgil Hunter’s gym in Hayward, Calif.
Buatsi is run by Joshua and the couple are close friends.
He also set up a Snapchat showing 2016 Olympic super-heavyweight gold medalist Tony Yoka in the gym, who also trains with Hunter.
Another interesting image emerged on Saturday as AJ posted a Snapchat of himself wearing a ‘No Boxing No Life’ cap – the hallmark of Canelo Alvarez and Eddy Reynoso.
Later that day, boxing brothers Ronald and Rashidi Ellis posted photos to Instagram confirming Joshua was at Reynoso’s gym in San Diego, California.
And on Sunday night, a video emerged showing Joshua hanging out with pound-for-pound King Canelo ahead of his undisputed clash with Caleb Plant on November 6.
When asked about rumors that AJ had changed coaches earlier in the week, Hearn gave nothing, but didn’t rule anything out either.
He told Boxing Social: “I think what AJ will want to do is analyze why he played like this.
“Yes, the tactics weren’t good, he underperformed, but why?
“It’s hard to just say, ‘He didn’t get the tactics right and he underperformed,’ because let’s talk about Usyk’s brilliance as well.
“But AJ will always look at his preparation and see how he can improve.
“If that makes a difference, tries to bring people in, or whatever he has to do, he will.”