Fury replacing Ben


NEW YORK – Tyson Fury has decided to replace the trainer that has guided him throughout his comeback.

Multiple sources have informed BoxingScene.com that the lineal heavyweight champion has parted ways with Ben Davison. Fury is in the process of securing a deal with the trainer who will prepare him for his upcoming rematch against WBC champion Deontay Wilder.

Davison was the head man in Fury’s corner when he fought the heavy-handed Wilder to a 12-round draw a year ago at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Freddie Roach assisted Davison during that training camp and on fight night, but Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs) is not expected to replace Davison with Roach.

A veteran trainer other than Roach will assume control of Fury’s corner. An announcement is expected soon, since Fury’s preparation already has begun for his February 22 rematch with Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The Fury-Davison split is somewhat surprising because there was no indication until now that Fury was considering changing trainers. Davison even attended Wilder’s seventh-round knockout of Luis Ortiz in their rematch November 23 at MGM Grand Garden Arena to scout Wilder for their second showdown.

England’s Fury apparently will hire another trainer at least in part due to how he performed in his last fight. The 6-feet-9 Fury defeated previously unbeaten Otto Wallin by unanimous decision, but the Swedish southpaw opened a huge cut over Fury’s right eye in the third round and gave Fury a more troublesome time than expected September 14 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

John Fury, Tyson’s father, called for Davison’s firing following his son’s lackluster victory over Wallin. John Fury trained his son before he was sentenced to 11 years in prison in 2011, yet he hasn’t been heavily involved in Tyson’s career since he was released.

The 26-year-old Davison, who also has worked with WBO super middleweight champ Billy Joe Saunders, began training Fury late in 2017 to help prepare him for a comeback. Davison replaced Peter Fury, Tyson’s uncle.

Tyson Fury battled alcoholism, cocaine addiction and depression following his career-changing, unanimous-decision upset of Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015. Davison helped a grossly out-of-shape Fury lose more than 100 pounds and guided him to easy wins against Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta before Fury fought Wilder in December 2018.

The 31-year-old Fury surprisingly signed a co-promotional deal with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc. 2½ months after he got up from two knockdowns to battle to a draw with Wilder.

The former IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO champ stopped Germany’s Tom Schwarz in the second round of the first fight of that deal, June 15 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. He out-pointed Wallin three months later.


Champion97's picture

Not a bad decision from Fury, Davidson is inexperienced, and people give him too much credit for the first Wilder fight, you can't prove yourself as a trainer with one fight like a fighter can, and his inexperience was a problem in the Wallin fight, panicked when Fury said he couldn't see out of his right eye, assumed the referee had ruled a head clash cut. On the other hand, bad timing, just before the Wilder rematch, and Fury shouldn't take advice from his dad in my opinion, because he isn't an experienced boxing coach himself in my opinion, but Davidson is not experienced enough to be the head coach. It will be interesting to see who Fury hires.

SalTnutZ1's picture

I just hope he doesn’t derail like he did before the Wlad rematch. Not a great sign for February, as I wonder if he’d want to jump right on with a new trainer. If that rematch doesn’t happen, maybe we get Wilder against AJ or Whyte instead.

Champion97's picture

You never know with Fury, but I don't think he will pull out of the fight unless he's injured, I don't think he's suffering from the same mental issues as he was in 2016, he's already in decent shape as well unless he's gone well off the wagon since the Wallin win. Seems like a bad time to switch trainers, it's definitely a risk, I'm going to keep thinking before I make a prediction. I think Whyte is more likely because he is the WBC mandatory, AJ has to fight Pulev, that seems almost a done deal, and I think AJ and his team would want more notice, time to prepare for Wilder.

Jarod Killian's picture

Well he's a Top Rank fighter so that means he will likely go with Buddy McGirt...

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