Frazer Clarke, Anthony Joshua’s sparring partner and rising heavyweight prospect, has revealed what it’s like to work under Robert Garcia. The Olympic bronze medalist claimed the legendary coach demands ‘discipline’ and has rules that must be followed.
Every fighter must get to the gym on time, work on what they’re told to work on, train the way they’re told to train, and follow the tactics and game plans set out for them. . If anyone does anything less, then Garcia will send them packing and isn’t afraid to crack the whip.
Speaking to Express Sport, Clarke said: “He’s a sensible type of guy and I don’t think anyone will blame me for saying that, but when you become as successful as Anthony you maybe deviate slightly. of the way of what you think you can do. But with Robert Garcia you arrive on time at the gym, you work in the gym on what you are told to do, you train as you were told says to practice, you follow the tactics, otherwise you’ll have your ears full, or a bite to eat and you might even catch a flight and go home.
“I think he brought a lot of discipline with that old head in the camp where you have to show respect because you know what he’s done. So I think he humiliated everybody and that’s not It’s not just Anthony, it’s the whole team in general, everyone had a standard to reach and that was Robert Garcia’s standard.
Garcia joined the ‘AJ’ side after powerhouse Watford knocked out long-serving Rob McCracken following his loss to Oleksandr Usyk in September. Throughout camp he worked alongside Angel Fernandez who initially worked as an assistant coach with Joby Clayton under McCracken for Joshua’s last three outings.
For Usyk’s rematch, Fernandez has been given a more influential role and shares major responsibilities with Garcia. But according to Clarke – who is trained by Fernandez at Loughborough – the Spaniard has been overlooked since Garcia’s introduction.
He continued: “Again with the Robert Garcia thing, people read too much into it, like ‘Robert Garcia came in and knocked him down’. Angel Fernandez to me is still the main man, he’s been with Joshua in the last two fights and he came to this camp when there hadn’t been a Robert Garcia for a long time.
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“Robert Garcia came in as an experienced manager who’s been in that situation before, so first of all credit to Angel because a lot of coaches would have had an ego about that and said, ‘you know what. , no chance, I’m not taking anyone else’s advice.” Angel was very open-minded and then it happened that they clicked really well.
“They pretty much had the same game plan, the same training methods, obviously there are changes because everyone is their own individual. But what Robert brought to camp is definitely expertise in big situations, big fight situations and he also worked with Usyk. A lot of people don’t realize that Usyk had been in his gym for a long time. Whether you take that as an advantage or not, maybe it is or maybe not, but he may have seen something that others haven’t.
- Frazer Clarke will join Carl Froch and Dave Coldwell on August 20 for the Usyk vs Joshua rematch on Sky Sports Box Office. The event can be purchased for £26.95 via the Sky Sports website.
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