Freddie Roach has accused Anthony Joshua of having too many muscles and says the giant British heavyweight needs to “completely change his ways” to have any chance of avenging his loss to Andy Ruiz Jr.
Joshua and Ruiz are busy finalising their rematch after the Mexican-American’s upset win in New York that gave him the WBO, IBF and WBA belts.
Hall of Fame trainer Roach has offered to help Joshua rebuild his career though fears Ruiz will again be too good in a sequel that is planned for November of December.
Asked byFight Hub TVwhat happens in the rematch, Roach delivered a swift uppercut: “Same thing if Joshua doesn’t completely change his ways.
“Ever since he fought Klitschko he’s been going downhill a little bit.
“A lot more muscle. He looks really good and so forth but I think he has trouble carrying that muscle and he’s been fatigued in his last couple of fights.
“He’s been getting tired before the end and I don’t think muscles make fighters. ‘Oh, he has big biceps so he must punch hard?’ Give me a break.”
Roach, famous for guiding the careers of Manny Pacquiao, Julio Cesar Chavez, Miguel Cotto and James Toney, has helped another British heavyweight, Tyson Fury, launch a successful comeback.
There have beenstrong calls for Joshua to make adjustments to his coaching structureheaded by British Olympic coach Rob McCracken.
Roach put his hand up.
“I would like to say he needs a new team and so forth, and I’d like to be that part of the team, because I do like him and he’s a friend – but I’m not trying to steal a fighter,” Roach toldFight Hub TV.
“The thing is, I think he needs to go back to doing what he did before when he won the Olympics, because that is when he was a really, really good fighter in my opinion.”
Roach has had a brief experience in the corner of Ruiz and said he wasn’t surprised by the result at Madison Square Garden where Ruiz got off the canvas to floor Joshua four times before the referee eventually stopped the fight.
“I bet on him [Ruiz],” Roach said.
“I like Joshua, and I’m friendly with Joshua, he’s a nice guy and all that, but I think they picked the wrong guy [to fight].”