Fury Coach: Wilder Never Faced Anyone with IQ Like Tyson
Former unified heavyweight champion Tyson Fury may have only fought twice since his knockout of Wladimir Klitschko — both times against not the toughest of opponent — but trainer Ben Davison warns he should not be written off so quickly against Deontay Wilder.
Fury challenges Wilder for the WBC Heavyweight Title on Dec. 1 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. And Davison said while Wilder has been the more active fighter and is a dangerous knockout artist, Fury is the smarter fighter who can exploit and find all of Wilder’s weaknesses.
“Wilder can be reckless and the more emotionally involved he is and the more he looks for a vicious knockout, like he was talking about at the press conference, the more gaps he’s going to leave for Tyson to exploit,” Davison said. “He has not boxed anyone with [Fury’s] IQ. Luis Ortiz was a good fighter, but he doesn’t have the capabilities that Tyson has. He’s not the size that Tyson is, he doesn’t have the feet that Tyson has, he doesn’t have the reactions and he doesn’t hit as hard.”
Davison admits he would have preferred for Fury to compete in several more tune-up fights in order to grow their relationship more, but he has full confidence in Fury’s skills to allow him to return to the top of the heavyweight division — a place Fury found himself after upsetting Klitschko.
And just like how mind games and verbal warfare played a role in Fury’s win over Klitschko, he feels after all the press events that the Brit is already in Wilder’s head.
“He’s already [in his head]. You watch the press conferences and it was hyped,” Davison said. “Why? Because Tyson was hyped. Tyson’s setting the tempo, he’s got Deontay already emotionally involved, talking about vicious knockouts and power. Tyson was the one talking about power. So we’ve got him exactly where we want him and everything we set out to do is going perfectly to plan.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene