Who is Anthony Joshua's new trainer Derrick James? | The Sun

ANTHONY JOSHUA appointed Derrick James earlier this year and the pair have already been together for one fight.

Joshua beat Jermaine Franklin earlier this year with James in his corner, and their run is set to continue this weekend.

Joshua takes on Robert Helenius this weekend in a late replacement fight at the O2 Arena after Dillian Whyte failed a drugs test.

AJ was formally trained by ex-professional boxer Robert Garcia, but that partnership only lasted for the second Usyk fight.

Joshua also parted ways with long-term trainer Rob McCracken after his first defeat to Usyk.

Who is Derrick James and who else does he train?

Derrick James is a 51-year-old boxing coach from Texas.


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The Texan had a fighting career of his own with a pro record of 27-7-1, but missed out on the chance to compete at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

He won The Ring magazine's Trainer of the Year award in 2017.

James made his name in boxing as a coach to American boxers Errol Spence Jr and Jermell Charlo.

Spence Jr is currently a unified welterweight world champion as he holds the IBF title, WBC title and WBA title.

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The 33-year-old has had an impressive 28 wins from 28 fights, with just 6 triumphs not resulting in a knockout.

Elsewhere, Charlo is an undisputed super-welterweight champion holding the WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF super-welterweight belts.

The 32-year-old has had 37 fights with 35 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw.

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What has Anthony Joshua said about Derrick James?

Joshua has enjoyed his time so far under James but insists he doesn't want to put any pressure on his new trainer.

The former world heavyweight champion said: "I really do rate Derrick James as a trainer.

"Lastly, I don't want to put pressure on Derrick and say whatever happens in the future is down to him, good or bad.

"It's all on me but asides from what he does for me, I just think Derrick as a coach I really do rate him highly."

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