Deontay Wilder’s trainer compares Tyson Fury dropping Ben Davison to The Beatles
Tyson Fury is famous for a post-fight sing song in the ring – but this weekend in Las Vegas he may find himself out of tune.
Not when he has a mic in his hand, but during his WBC heavyweight title clash with Deontay Wilder.
That is according to the American's trainer Jay Deas who questioned Fury's decision to drop coach Ben Davison.
And he compared the move to The Beatles duo of John Lennon and Paul McCartney splitting up as he opted to bring in SugarHill Steward as his head trainer.
“To me him and Ben have magic together,” said Wilder. “They've been through so much together. Ben did a tremendous job for Tyson and Tyson for Ben.
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“I don't know if two people would have the same chemistry.
“To use an English example there is a Lennon-McCartney thing going on there.
“Separately they're fantastic, writers and musicians and everything but together they were magic. I think there is that aspect of the Fury-Davison relationship.
“I think there is cause for people to be concerned because chemistry is not something you get easily and in boxing it can take a while.”
Deas and Wilder have been together since the Alabama man walked into his gym back in 2006.
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Less than two years later and Wilder was on the Olympic podium with a bronze medal at Beijing 2008.
Deas has guided him to the top of the heavyweight division while, as co-manager, has also tried to make him a big name in America.
It is not easy with boxing well down the pecking order behind the big sports in these parts such as American football, baseball, basketball and ice hockey.
“I think the appreciation is coming,” Deas, a former news report in Tuscaloosa, said. “I think it's getting a lot better. We are pushing to make that happen.
“It's a big place and I think when he goes to Europe and England he feels the love and support of the people.
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“America is a big country and sometimes it takes a while for the saturation to happen and I think finally it is getting to that point.”
Deas and Wilder both agree that the WBC champion has about six years left in him at 34.
“I've always told him that at 40 years of age on a daily basis he does what he wants to do because I think that's the richest man in the world who does what he want to do,” added Deas.
“If he wants to do acting, if he wants to do TV, if he wants to hang out at his house, if he wants to go watch his kids play sport, if he wants to do public service.
“I think 40 years of age is what I have in my mind and he has the same thought process.”
The elephant in the room all week here in Las Vegas has been IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
The two men in action this week believe the Watford warrior is outside the top two in the world, and Deas isn't even considering Joshua until after this weekend.
“I'm not even thinking about that,” he added. “This is the Super Bowl, this is the World Cup. This is that event, this is that moment.
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“There's no reason to talk about the future or what's after this fight. We have to take care of business in this fight.
“These are the type of questions I will answer on Sunday.
“Anybody who takes Tyson Fury lightly or dismisses Tyson Fury is an absolute fool.
“He's a brilliant boxer, he is phenomenal at what he does, he's so unorthodox, he is so athletic. He has a lot in common with Deontay. They're both an anomaly.
“The fact they both have the guts to fight each other not once but twice and to put it on the line, that's the best you can want and there's no need to talk about anybody else until these guys sort it out between themselves.”
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