In a shock move, Tyson Fury has split from his good friend and trainer, Ben Davison. The pair remain friends and the split is amicable but it seems that the move was driven by Fury, who no doubt is trying to look for whatever marginal gains necessary to defeat Deontay Wilder in a re-match scheduled for February 2020.
Fury in training for rematch against Wilder
Whilst switching trainers is not controversial in itself, the timing certainly is and it is clear that Fury is looking for a new approach in the New Year when he begins his training camp for the Wilder fight. Certainly, Fury has made tough decisions before, even getting rid of his uncle Peter Fury as trainer in order to refine and refresh his boxing.
Ben Davison was instrumental in helping Fury return to the ring and lose an incredible amount of weight, as well as helping Fury with his battle against depression. The turnaround saw him gain four victories and that famous draw against Wilder in Los Angeles in 2018.
Fury retweets comments confirming the split
Fury has not said anything personally yet about the split, but has retweeted comments confirming the fact the pair have gone separate ways. He chose to endorse journalist Muhammad Salim’s opinion on the decision:
I feel that @Tyson_Fury has made the right decision. Not taking anything away from @BenDavison_ because he’s a great trainer & what he did for Fury’s return was insurmountable but Tyson is now fully back in body & mind so now needs an experienced boxing coach not just a friend— TheBlindJournalist (@Sal9594) December 16, 2019
Tyson’s dad, John Fury may have something to do with the decision. When working as a pundit on Tyson’s most recent fight against Otto Wallin, he was critical of his son’s performance and Davison’s work as trainer, calling for Davison to be sacked. Such a question will never likely be answered, however.
Ben Davison confirms the pair remain friends
Ben Davison personally shared a Tweet under apparent pressure to address the rumour mill. His Tweet confirmed that the pair remain friends and he showed his support for Fury in his upcoming fight against Wilder, who Fury frequently referred to as a “dosser”.
Obviously it’s not gonna stop until there’s an answer, Tyson and myself had to both make decisions for our careers, which resulted in our working relationship coming to an end, HOWEVER, we remain friends and he will SMASH the DOSSER!!— Ben Davison (@BenDavison_) December 15, 2019
Close friend of Fury and WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (who Davison recently trained for his win against Shefat Isufi to become a two weight World Champion) said:
Lots of trainers all hoping and crossing their fingers to train my pal Tyson. But the main man behind the Full build of the Gypsy King and I nw not No one could have done it but @BenDavison_ Lovely to see both still friends— billyjoesaunders (@bjsaunders_) December 15, 2019
SugarHill Steward to take over as trainer
Fury’s new trainer is SugarHill Steward, nephew of boxing trainer royalty Emanuel ‘Manny’ Steward, who had previously trained heavyweight world champions Wladimir Klitschko, Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis. Steward’s famous Kronk Gym in Detroit is a boxing mecca and whilst SugarHill doesn’t have the CV of his uncle (who does?), he certainly has a good reputation within the boxing world and the decision to be trained by SugarHill in itself is not a controversial one.
Fury himself went to Kronk Gym as an emerging fighter when he was only 21, training with Manny Steward for 3 weeks.
This was alluded to by Fury himself:
Getting the old team back up and running, kronksugarhill @AndyLeeBoxing #kronkboysbackintown,— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) December 15, 2019
LET THE GAMES BEGIN, #GYPSYKING #WILDERISADOSSER @trboxing @btsport espn frank_warren_official mtkglobal https://t.co/zcXSuoX2lH… https://t.co/BCTIEcpqpd
In another turn of events, Fury has also welcomed Anthony Joshua’s offer to work with him in sparring in the run-up to Fury’s rematch with Wilder. Joshua stated that he believes Fury would be more likely to fight him than Wilder and therefore is prepared to help Fury in whatever way he can, paving the way for a ‘Battle of Britain’, most likely at Wembley Stadium.
✅🤼♂️ Tyson Fury has ACCEPTED Anthony Joshua’s sparring offer and declared he’d “love” to have him in camp to help beat Deontay Wilder. He also said he would then face AJ afterwards…— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) December 17, 2019
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Fury’s record with Davison
Davison’s stint with Fury saw the boxer achieve a win against Sefer Seferi back in May 2018, a victory against Francesco Pianeta in August of the same year followed by the famous draw against Wilder at the end of the year. This year he beat Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas and in September triumphed over Otto Wallin once again in Las Vegas.