Tyson Fury’s superb win over Deontay Wilder surprised even a man who knows him better than most as former trainer Ben Davison admits he was stunned by the performance.
The Gypsy King turned in a near-perfect display to stop Wilder in the seventh round in Las Vegas on Saturday night, ripping away his WBC heavyweight title in the process.
Fury was working under new trainer Javan ‘SugarHill’ Steward for the first time, after splitting with Davison, who had taken charge of his previous five bouts.
The game plan was entirely different to Fury’s first clash with Wilder, which saw him box on the outside and get knocked down twice en route to an incredible draw.
This time round he was moving forward, far more aggressive and it resulted in a dominant win, with Wilder’s corner throwing in the towel in the seventh.
A win for the Gypsy King did not surprise Davison, but the manner of it certainly did as he secured the 21st knockout of his career.
‘From working with him, I obviously know Tyson’s a versatile fighter,’ Davison told The Athletic. ‘But for him to be able to be that versatile really did surprise me.
‘I didn’t think it would end by stoppage, or be as emphatic as that. It shocked me in complete honesty, and I’m sure Tyson shocked himself.
‘I’ve always known and have always said Tyson can punch. It was proven by the fact Tyson previously won so many fights and had been so successful, but for him to go back to that against Wilder was a risk.
‘We know from his past that Tyson rises to the occasion, as he’s shown so many times before. Wilder had never been through that before, and Tyson made the most of his experience.’
Davison guided Fury back to big-time boxing after his spell away from the ring that saw him balloon in weight, turn to drink and drugs and suffer with serious mental health problems.
The young trainer played an integral part in getting the WBC champion to where he is today and he acknowledges that his former and current trainers have all played their part in Fury’s remarkable journey.
‘What I saw was that he’s worked with his uncle Hughie, then his uncle Peter, then with myself, and now SugarHill and Andy [Lee],’ continued Davison.
‘He’s taken a little bit from everybody, with Andy and Sugar putting together the final pieces of the puzzle for this fight. They’ve done a fantastic job.
‘That was the difference: That Tyson’s collected that information, and had those experiences — seeing lots of different people and using all of what he’s gained from everybody to put it into play tonight.’
What’s next for Fury is still unclear, with Wilder able to invoke a rematch clause, although many are questioning whether he will want to after the heavy defeat he just suffered.
WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO champion Anthony Joshua would be the popular choice, if the fight can be made.
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