Anthony Joshua has brought a new sparring partner into training camp as he begins to prepare for his likely next fight against Oleksandr Usyk, not Tyson Fury.
The British heavyweight champions looked set to meet in an undisputed clash this summer, however Wilder’s arbitration victory scuppered their bout.
Now, Fury must face the American next.
As a result, AJ has been ordered to defend against his WBO mandatory challenger.
His promoter Eddie Hearn reacted by saying this would mean they’d need to make big changes in Joshua’s camp and bring in southpaw sparring.
This is now beginning to take shape with British cruiserweight Wadi Camacho joining him at the EIS gym in Sheffield.
The 35-year-old has a record of 21-9 having competed around English level for the majority of his career.
His last fights came in 2019 – defeats to Lawrence Okolie and Deion Jumah.
Camacho posted photos and videos after sparring with Joshua on Tuesday.
In one clip, the heavyweight declared that he’s now ‘changing the tactics’ – indicating his entire camp is set to alter with the new target opponent.
Hearn also said there are alternative options for AJ and suggested he could vacate the WBO belt if the deal is not right for the Usyk fight.
The promoter named Dillian Whyte, Andy Ruiz Jr and Luis Ortiz as possible foes, but insisted their first priority and ‘most likely’ fight is the Ukrainian mandatory.
The target dates for Joshua vs Usyk are known to be August 21 and August 28.
Possible venues include Wembley Stadium and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.