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Klitschko manager urges Anthony Joshua to follow Lennox Lewis example

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Klitschko brothers manager Bernd Boente has urged Anthony Joshua to follow the example of Lennox Lewis with some US flair.

Boente, who came up against AJ in a 2017 battle with Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley, says the Briton is at the crossroads of his career.

Joshua has a huge decision to make following a drab loss to Oleksandr Usyk in which the two-time heavyweight champion got his tactics all wrong.

Boente says Joshua must consider adding one of the coaches he visited in a recent high-profile American gym tour to rectify things in the rematch.

Spending time with Ronnie Shields, Robert Garcia, and Canelo trainer Eddy Reynoso, Joshua was in good company.

Lewis did a switch early on in his career to the great Emanuel Steward, and something Boente sees as further input imperative to Joshua’s legacy.

“I think AJ is a great guy for boxing, as well as his whole team, but that is a decision to change trainers is one that they have to make.

“I can only tell you that I rate Rob McCracken very highly, but if AJ wants to have an additional coach or some advisers from outside, I don’t know, that is a decision that he has to make,” Boente told Vegas Insider.

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“I can only tell you that I rate Rob McCracken very highly. But if AJ wants to have an additional coach or some advisers from outside, I don’t know. It is a decision that he has to make.

“It’s extremely important that he has complete trust in his coach. As a close team, they choose the right strategy to end the fight on a psychological high. That’s the most important thing in this case.

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“If he makes the right decisions in his camp, I am very, very positive that AJ can become the next member of that elite group of three-time heavyweight champions.

“He can be like Muhammad Ali, Lennox [Lewis], Vitali [Klitschko] or Evander [Holyfield]. I think he needs to make the right changes. He’ll be back on track.

“I believe that if AJ goes into that rematch on a psychological high with his team, with certain changes, he can win.

“AJ is a smart guy. His team too. Rob knows the business, knows his boxing, and they know what to change. They know what kind of mistake they made.”

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