Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach raised a lot of eyebrows two weeks ago, when during an interview he was openly critical of the corner work by Tyson Fury's head trainer Ben Davison.
Roach had a very close view of the heavyweight collision between Fury and WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, which took place earlier this month at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Roach was working in Fury's corner as a cut man, with 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.
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."
Frank Warren, who promotes Fury, is not worried about Roach potentially making a play to steal away Davison's job.
"Freddie Roach isn’t going to take over from Ben Davison," Warren told Metro.co.uk.
"It ain’t going to happen. I’ve known Freddie a long time, but I don’t understand his comments. I have no idea why he’s saying what he said. Davison did a great job. Everyone had reservations about him, including myself, but he came through with flying colors. His instructions were concise and he dealt with everything that happened correctly. He’s not come out and hit out at Roach, which I think says a lot about him as a trainer."
According to Davison, Roach has already reached out to bury the hatchet.
"Freddie has called me since and has apologised and said he didn’t mean it in the way it has come across. I’m not taking any offence to it," Davison said.
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