Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach had a very close view of the heavyweight collision between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and challenger Tyson Fury, which took place earlier this month at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Roach was working in Fury's corner as a cut man, with Fury's head trainer Ben Davison running the corner and being the main voice of strategy.
The contest ended in a controversial twelve round split draw, with Fury getting the nod from one judge with a score of 114-112, one going for Wilder with a score of 115-111 and a draw score of 113-113.
While many have laid praise on Davison, for reviving Fury's career after the boxer was inactive from November 2015 to June of this year.
But Roach was not entirely pleased with Davison's work that night and felt it could have been a lot better.
“I’m more of an offensive coach, I’m very aggressive, and I was a little bit disappointed with the corner work because Ben was telling him to feint, feint and step back and I said to him ‘why are you telling him to step back? Let this guy fight. He can get rid of this guy’,” Roach said to Fox Sports.
“We haven’t spoken about it yet but we’re going to have a meeting. I think he was very safe. [He said] ‘don’t take chances’. I said ‘wait a minute… don’t take chances? You’re in the boxing ring. You took a chance when you signed the contract for the fight.
"[Fury] hurt him a couple of times and I was disappointed he didn’t get a chance to finish him. It’s funny, Ben gave the exact same instruction to the 126 lbs fighter as he did the heavyweight fighter, so I said ‘wait… why are you treating these people the same?’ These fighters know each other, but they’re not the same. His instructions were the same and choreographed for both guys, so I was a little disappointed.
“He did a great job with the conditioning, the weight loss and all that, and he’s only a 26-year-old kid.”
As far as the rematch, Roach may be involved in the corner once again.
“Possibly. Me, Tyson and his brothers spoke about it and said ‘let’s all go home and enjoy Christmas, we’ll have a meeting in the UK or America with each other’, and we left it at that," Roach said.