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Fury's Trainer Explains What Went Wrong For Joshua in TKO Loss

Ben Davison, the head trainer of heavyweight Tyson Fury, saw several errors in Anthony Joshua's shocking defeat to Andy Ruiz.

Ruiz pulled off a huge upset when he stopped Joshua in seven rounds on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, to capture the WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO heavyweight titles.

Joshua, a very wide favorite to win the fight by knockout, was dropped four times before a shocked crowd.

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Davison explained where things went wrong for Joshua and why he wasn't able to neutralize Ruiz.

"When you go to a gym there’s a textbook telling you how to box – you step in with your jab, you do this, you do that," Davison told iFL TV.

"That’s why those things are going to happen, at that level textbook boxing isn’t going to win it for you. Boxing a small man like Ruiz, who has to be planted to let his shots go to have the same effect if he was travelling while he was punching.

"If he’s planting with his feet he’s got fast hands, good variety and he can punch, so Joshua needs to understand how to create distance, maintain distance at different distances, and understand different distances. When you’re boxing someone like that, when you step in with your jab you’re closing the distance for that man, a textbook says step in with your jab.

"But if you miss that jab you’ve closed the distance for the short man to let his well-varied punches go, with speed and with power. When that jab is not landing, then you reach with a right hand, which 10 times out of 10 for Joshua he’s going to come back with a left hook, then after the left hook he’s going to come back with a right uppercut then a left hook. I noticed he tried to throw a jab from the hip, I’ve never, ever seen him in training throw a hip jab. I feel like he’s been getting caught in between those two styles, and there are a lot of technical things I can see that needs to be picked up on."

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Comment by PRINCEKOOL on 06-13-2019

[QUOTE=revelated;19826722]Just like I said. He never learned how to properly generate power at different ranges. His go-to is a maximum range shot. If he can't land that, he's vulnerable. We've seen it time and again now.[/QUOTE] Joshua has power from…

Comment by The D3vil on 06-13-2019

Becoming a fan of Ben Davidson. His work with Fury is inspiring, and he seems to be the type of new blood the sport desperately needs. I mean, Freddie Roach aint gonna be around forever

Comment by BoxingFan85 on 06-13-2019

I started liking this Ben davidson guy. Seems sensinble and is usually on point and honest with his answer. He is right in this case.. AJ fought the wrong fight, lunged in to finish a guy who was not badly…

Comment by Sparked_26 on 06-13-2019

I don’t think AJ can do any of the s.hit that tbh. His jab didn’t work.

Comment by BoxingOutlaw on 06-13-2019

What can he do for that glass jaw.

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