Deontay Wilder’s trainer, Jay Deas, says his Bronze Bomber will take advantage of Tyson Fury’s mistake of disengaging ‘incredibly knowledgeable and strategic’ trainer, Ben Davidson, and replacing him with Javan ‘Sugarhill’ Steward ahead of their much touted rematch on February 22.
Davison trained the Gypsy King for the first bout against the Bronze Bomber in December 2018 which ended in a draw, but it’s Steward who is expected to hone the Briton into a ship shape needed to defeat the WBC champion.
Deas told Sky Sports: “Any time a trainer and a fighter who have done such wonderful things together split, it has to be an advantage for the next opponent.
“Chemistry is not an overnight thing. Ben was not just Tyson’s trainer – he was a brother, confidant, friend, therapist. Those kinds of guys don’t come along every day.
“I think a lot of Ben – for someone as young as he is, he is incredibly knowledgeable and strategic. He picks up on intricacies and nuances better than people who have been in this game for decades.”
Deas added: “Ben’s potential is unlimited. I enjoyed the challenge [against Ben]. I know Ben saw every tiny detail, so I had to do the same.
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“[Steward is] a good trainer who comes from good pedigree from the Kronk gym. But this is a big fight that he’s stepping into.”
Meanwhile, Davison previewed the fight of his former employer in separate interview recently in which he faulted Fury’s widely reported rematch fight plan.
“Tyson’s been talking a lot about going for the knockout and I definitely wouldn’t write Tyson off being able to do so,” Davidson said.
“It’s not exactly the approach that I would decide on taking but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong.
“Wilder will be a lot more patient in this fight, I think he’ll look to set it up a lot more than he did in the previous fight where he was a little bit over eager.
“They’re both two super elite level fighters but I just believe the Tyson’s got that extra something special.”
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