Joe Joyce’s decision to drop Adam Booth as trainer ahead of his fight with Daniel Dubois is because he says he trains better when he is away from home.
Joyce has flown to Las Vegas to begin his training camp for the British heavyweight title fight, which takes place at the O2 arena, London, on April 11.
He has not revealed the name of his new coach, but he has reportedly reunited with former coach Ismael Salas. He will be working at the UFC Training Center in Las Vegas.
Both Joyce and his manager, Sam Jones, insisted that the split was amicable.
“Adam is a great trainer, but I believe the plan we have got, where we are going, is a better situation, rather than being at Adam’s gym and close to home,” Joyce said. “I do better in the sun and away. I need to make sure 100 per cent that I have done everything right.
“I want to make sure I get the win, so I don’t want to look back and say, ‘I could’ve done this, I could’ve done that’. I am just taking myself away and putting myself in the best position possible. You only have one shot.
“I need to be 100 percent because I only have a short career and have a small window.”
The change means that despite going into only his eleventh professional bout, Joyce is already on to his fourth trainer.
At first he was trained by Salas, who was also training his then promoter, David Haye. He then teamed up with Abel Sanchez in Big Bear. But that relationship ended last year, when he relocated back to England to work with Booth, a partnership that only lasted two fights – against Alexander Ustinov and Bryant Jennings.
“There is no malice in anything,” Jones said. “I have been with Joe since day one and Joe train better when he is away from distractions. Adam Booth agrees. It is all mutual, there has been no fall-out. Adam Booth is an amazing trainer. Joe is doing what is best for him now.
“He has got a trainer sorted, he has got sparring sorted and he is training at the best facility in the world. We are going to be very well prepared for this fight and there are going to be no excuses.
“We were honest to Joe. We said we don’t want to be sitting in that changing room after the fight thinking we could have done better. Everything has to be right for him.”
Despite Jones’s obvious annoyance that Dubois has been given top billing for the fight, Joyce said he was keen on the fight all along and is excited by where it can take him.
“It’s going to be an explosive fight and it means a lot for the winner,” Joyce said, “If I win I will be the No 1 in Frank Warren’s list and for BT Sport and Frank mentioned getting a world title shot after. That’s why it makes sense.
“We’re going to have some great sparring and training and get myself into the best possible shape.
“I don’t know if he can take a punch yet, but I will test him on that in April and really take him to the deep end and see if he can swim.”