Tyson Fury’s trainer, Ben Davison, has defended his handling of the heavyweight boxer and insists the Brit is lucky to have the training team he does.
After Fury’s tense victory over Otto Wallin in Las Vegas on Saturday night, John had plenty to say about his son’s performance and blamed his support team, led by Davison, for the lethargic display.
The Brit was badly cut above his right eye by Otto Wallin but rallied to win via a unanimous decision victory.
“Whatever’s gone wrong in that camp, which it has gone wrong, somebody’s to blame and he just to me looked like he didn’t have any strength from the off,” John said on the BT Sport broadcast afterwards.
“If I had my say, the lot would be gone. Looking at that there, if he keeps hold of that team, they’re gonna cost him his career, I’ll say it live on TV.
“The team being what’s around him now, Ben Davison, whatever he’s got there in charge of the business needs to have a look in the mirror and say, ‘Not good enough at a high level.’ It’s proved it tonight.”
However, Davison, who has guided Fury since he ended a three-and-a-half year hiatus from the ring in 2018, responded to the criticism by claiming Fury owes his career and potentially his life to his coaching and support team.
Speaking exclusively to Jim White on talkSPORT, he said: “I spoke to Tyson about this right away. He is Tyson’s father, you have to respect that. I fully understand that he is worried for his son. It was a nasty cut and he is not able to be there to make sure that everything is OK and that his son is OK.
“Emotions run high at these times, I fully understand that. But to say that this team could cost him his career, I have got to say that I disagree.
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“Like Tyson has said previously, he wouldn’t have a career if it wasn’t for this team and he potentially wouldn’t have a life. He has said that was on the verge of suicide. It is a shame that these things can be easily forgotten but I fully understand that emotions run high and I care for the family like they are my own. It is one of these things.”
After the fight, Fury went straight to hospital and had 40 stitches put in to his cut eye by a surgeon in Vegas.
“Of course we are concerned. He had surgery on it that night,” Davison revealed.
“We all went to the hospital with him. It was a terrible cut but these things happen – this is boxing. It is not a movie script.
“Everybody seems to think it is a given that Tyson is going to win and it will happen like it is already set out but each fight is a real fight and at this level, there are no easy fights. Even when you make it look easy, it is not easy because there have been hard training camps, hard preparations. Tyson showed he has the heart and character.
“I’m not a surgeon, I’m not an expert on the area so I wouldn’t make too many comments on that area because to be honest I would be out of my depth in that situation.”
Fury was hit 127 times by Wallin, the highest number of punches landed on him in a 12-round fight in his entire career, showing just how badly the cut he suffered affected him.
“Everybody knew there was a terrible cut that took place in the third round that worsened throughout the fight before the cut happened,” Davison added.
“The fight was going pretty much how I anticipated. I made no bones about the fact that Otto would ask questions.
“The plan was to let Tyson find his rhythm, find his distance. We knew that with Otto being a six foot fix southpaw, Tyson was going to have to try some things, find what works, find what doesn’t work. In the second round, I felt like Tyson just started landing some telling shots.
“That followed through into the third round and then Tyson got cut. It was about making the decision on when then right time was to close that gap up.
“I knew the vision was impaired so it was a bit safer to be inside but I also knew that too much inside work with the rubbing of the heads is going to worsen the cut. It was just about timing and I feel like we got the right decision.”