Freddie Roach just sat down with Kristine Leahy to discuss the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury fight and Roach plainly stated that he wasn’t impressed with the corner advice of Ben Davison, who served as Fury’s lead trainer.
Fury often credits Davison with helping him to turn his life around, but Davison’s credentials as a top flight boxing coach are quite thin to say the least. So while Fury was training out of Los Angeles he brought-in Roach to be apart of his team, although the Hall of Famer would only play a peripheral role for the fight.
When Roach was asked about believing that Fury had opportunities to knock out Wilder during that fight, Roach responded:
“Yes, I do [had he been more offensive]...the thing is he did hurt him a couple times and I was disappointed that he didn’t get a chance to finish him. And it was funny because we had one fight earlier in the night, the first fight of the night — it wasn’t televised — but Ben [Davison] gave the exact same instructions to the 126-pound fighter that he did the heavyweight fighter [Fury].
“I said, ‘Wait, why are you like saying the same thing? Why you treating these people the same?’ These fighters know each other but they’re not the same. And his instructions were the same and choreographed like for both guys. So, I was a little disappointed.
“I told Tyson, I said ‘you know, maybe I can help him along the way’ because he did a great job with the conditioning, the weight loss and all that. And he’s only a 26-year-old kid. If Tyson had won I think I wouldn’t be the youngest trainer to have a world champion anymore...”
Roach was then asked if he would insist on taking on a larger role in Fury’s camp should he work with him again, being the person to give instructions between rounds.
“Possibly, but the thing is me and Tyson and his brother spoke about it. We said ‘let’s all go home and enjoy Christmas and we’ll have a meeting either in the UK or here in America with each other. And we left it at that.”