The interim WBC champion may soon challenge for another world title
Dillian Whyte does not think Anthony Joshua will have to change coaches if he wants to beat Oleksandr Usyk in next year’s rematch.
Joshua and the new IBF, WBA and WBO champions will meet in early 2022 for the second time after the 31-year-old Briton lost to the former Ukrainian cruiserweight fighter in September.
The relegated fighter has been pictured trying out a number of gyms in America with the expectation that he will appoint a new coach to improve his game.
Joshua seemed to be trying to outbox the tactical Usyk after preparations led by current coach Rob McCracken, but Ronnie Shields is at least one option that seems to have been tested.
But talk to talkSPORT, current interim WBC champion Whyte said: “The easiest thing you can do when you lose is to question the people around you instead of questioning yourself.
“Robert McCracken is a fantastic coach – see what he has done for Carl Froch and other people in the GB squad.
“But when you lose, you start looking for excuses, ‘Ah maybe I’m not sleeping enough, maybe it’s my coaches.’
“Joshua’s problem is with himself, it’s not with his coach – it’s him.
“He let all these idiots come around him and started saying to him, ‘Ah, yeah, do this and be like this.’
“He should have started steaming Usyk after a few rounds, he should at least have tried.
“He just slowed down for a 12-round beating.”
Whyte said he was unsure if Joshua could win back the belts and explained: “I do not know. I thought Usyk stopped him in the final round.
“I thought the judge should have stopped it.”