‘It’s a big, big gamble’: Tyson Fury’s decision to drop trainer Ben Davison in favour of Javan ‘SugarHill’ Steward before Deontay Wilder rematch questioned by David Haye
- David Haye has questioned Tyson Fury’s decision to drop trainer Ben Davison
- Fury elected to replace Davison with Javan ‘SugarHill Steward’ in December
- Haye believes Fury’s decision could backfire when he faces Deontay Wilder
Tyson Fury’s decision to switch trainers shortly before his rematch with Deontay Wilder could cost him when the two heavyweights collide again this Saturday, David Haye believes.
Ben Davison helped Fury battle mental demons, shed 10st, and come within a couple of controversial scorecards of beating the WBC champion.
Yet back in December, Fury began working under Javan ‘SugarHill’ Steward in preparation for the rerun of their 2018 draw.
Deontay Wilder says Tyson Fury’s decision to switch trainers could end up proving costly
Fury elected to replace Ben Davison (pictured) with Javan ‘SugarHill’ Steward in December
‘The main factor in this fight is the teams,’ Haye said. ‘You’re fighting someone who only needs to hit you once and it’s over. You need to make sure that your defence is better and more airtight than it has ever been before.
‘To trust that to someone who you’ve had no history with is a big, big gamble in the biggest fight of your career.’
He added: ‘If you’re going into a situation where your life is on the line and you have one guy who has packed your parachutes 100 times in a row are you going to trust someone who you don’t know… the answer is no.
Haye believes Fury could struggle against Deontay Wilder after deciding to change his trainer
‘You wouldn’t feel comfortable with that… the fact that Ben is not in his corner is the biggest factor in the fight.’
Fury outboxed Wilder for long periods of their first fight, only to be knocked down twice in the closing stages.
The Gypsy King won plaudits for his slippery performance but Haye expects Wilder to secure yet another stoppage this time round.
‘Fury needs to have another game plan as good as the first one was. And I’m not sure trusting someone he hasn’t got history with is the right thing to do.’
BT Sport Box Office will show Tyson Fury’s highly anticipated rematch with Deontay Wilder, exclusively live on Saturday 22nd February.
Wilder v Fury II can be watched on BT TV, Virgin TV, Sky, online via the web or the BT Sport Box Office App. https://www.bt.com/sport/box-office/
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