Tyson Fury Splits With Trainer Ben Davison Ahead Of Deontay Wilder Rematch

Davison was criticised by Fury's father after his fight with Sweden’s Otto Wallin
10:22, 16 Dec 2019

British heavyweight Tyson Fury has parted ways with trainer Ben Davison after two years and five fights, which included his comeback draw with Deontay Wilder earlier this year.

With Fury’s next bout assumed to be his rematch with the WBC title holder in February, it seems ‘The Gypsy King’ may have taken his dad’s advice, after John Fury criticised Davison in the aftermath of September's fight with Sweden’s Otto Wallin which resulted in his son needing 47 stitches.

Speaking to BT Sport after the clash, the former bare-knuckle boxer said: "He was as weak as a kitten. He has done an eight-week camp but his strength and power have gone. His body looked a lot softer tonight." 

Davison, who also trains WBO super-middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders, was the man behind Tyson Fury’s return to boxing and helped him get his motivation back after he fell into depression back in 2015. Since his involvement, Fury managed to win four times out of five fights, as well as drop ten stone in weight. 

Following criticism from Fury Sr, the young cornerman defended his position, saying: “Just because he’s gone 12 rounds it doesn’t mean he’s weak. If he was weak he wouldn’t have been able to do 12 rounds there.”

Speaking to BBC Sport in the same month, the 27-year-old trainer described his relationship with the Mancunian in many ways: "I'm psychologist, trainer, friend, brother, sometimes father-son to him and sometimes he's father-son to me."

The split between the pair was announced by Davison on Twitter, as he declared: “Tyson and myself had to both make decisions for our careers, which resulted in our working relationship coming to an end,” but later added that the pair will “remain friends”.

So what’s next for Tyson? He’s expected to meet up with Javan ‘Sugar’ Hill, who learned his trade in the famous Kronk Gym under the tutelage of the legendary Emanuel Steward, the man that trained Fury earlier in his career, as well as the likes of Thomas Hearns, Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko to name a few.

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Fury’s next fight is expected to be February 22nd in a rematch with Deontay Wilder for the WBC heavyweight title, leaving whoever comes into the job with just over nine weeks to get started on his pre-fight preparations.

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