Chris Eubank Jr has shown Anthony Joshua that revamping a training set-up can work, says promoter Ben Shalom | Boxing News

Chris Eubank Jr is proof for Anthony Joshua that boldly reinvigorating a workout routine can lead to success, says promoter Ben Shalom.

Eubank Jr and Joshua spent time training side by side on New Year’s Eve before a pivotal year in each of their careers.

Eubank Jr will fight Liam Williams, live on Sky Sports, in an all-British grudge match in Cardiff which is now scheduled for 5 February, with advice from the Welsh government.

He will benefit from the experience of boxing legend Roy Jones Jr in his corner.

Joshua, who retains Rob McCracken’s experience, has also spent time training alongside other US-based coaches since losing to Oleksandr Usyk.

“Chris has proven it can work,” said BOXXER promoter Shalom, who is promoting Eubank Jr’s fight with Williams alongside Wasserman Boxing.

“We will see in the next 12 months in the real tests.

“It was two elite athletes who spent time together.

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Joshua and Eubank Jr. Pic via @chriseubankjr

“Everyone is heading towards a great 12 months. Both have made great changes.

“Chris is heading into the final stage of his career where he really needs to turn the screw.

“Anthony has a lot to think about and will have a great transition year.

“Chris never had a coach. He never wanted one! This was part of the criticism of George Groves’ fight.

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Chris Eubank Jr and Liam Williams come face to face before their meeting next month

“Who was running it? How was he learning?

“He needed the experience of someone who has been there and done it.”

Eubank Jr outpointed Marcus Morrison and broke Wanik Awdijan’s rib with a blow to the body since adding Jones Jr, a former rival of his father, to his corner.

Joshua, ever since losing his heavyweight world titles to Usyk, has been in gyms with veteran coaches Virgil Hunter, Eddy Reynoso and Ronnie Shields.

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Chris Eubank Jr says his fight with Liam Williams has gone personal and plans to take him out on December 11 in Cardiff

“McCracken did an amazing job with AJ – it’s amazing that they went from the Olympics together to become a two-time heavyweight champion,” said Shalom.

“What Rob did for AJ was easily forgotten. They did amazing things.

“Fighters sometimes want different things at different stages.”

Joshua is set for a rematch with Usyk this year.

Sky Sport Boxing Program

Saturday 5th February (targeted) – BOXXER in Cardiff
Chris Eubank Jr versus Liam Williams
Claressa Shields vs Ema Kozin – IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight titles

Saturday 19th February – BOXXER in Manchester
Amir Khan vs Kell Brook

Saturday 26 February – BOXXER and Top Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed super light titles

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