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.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.