Former heavyweight champion of the world and boxing icon Tyson Fury has revealed the extreme lengths his new trainer Ben Davison had to go to in order to land the job of being his personal trainer.
Fury, who, after struggling with various problems, took a two-year break from the sport, is back in action and raring to go ahead of his fight on June 9 with Sefer Seferi.
The towering giant, who stands at an impressive 6’9″ is dubbed as one of the best modern-day boxers, and famously beat Wladimir Klitschko in a highly-anticipated world championship fight in Germany back in 2015, which little did he know at the time, would be his last fight for over two years.
He has great skill in the ring and his towering physique makes it very difficult for opponents to land a punch on him. Many thought Fury was untouchable, and was on his way to the prestigious Hall of Fame after his commanding victory over the Ukrainian.
However, after famously failing a drugs test and being slammed by the public, Fury’s reputation took a further battering when photos showed that he had put on an incredible amount of weight and looked completely unfit to fight.
The Manchester-born man had completely let himself go and most fans began to give up on the hope he would one day return to the ring. Fury always remained confident he would return, however, and told his fans to not give up the hope.
The road to recovery has been a long, uphill battle for Fury, but with the support from his gigantic fan base and trainer Ben Davison, the Brit has shed his weight incredibly fast and will be back in the ring next month.
After initially watching Davison train other boxers in Marbella, Fury was undoubtedly impressed, claiming he would be one of the world’s best trainers within five years.
“I went down to Marbella and saw Ben training some boxers,” Fury told the Sunday Times, as per Ringnews24.
“I was impressed with the way he worked and told him that he would be one of the world’s best trainers within five years.”
However, this alone was not enough to convince ‘The Gypsy King’, and instead, he had an interesting challenge for Davison to complete to prove he was the man for the job.
“Now I like to test people’s limitations, see if they’re game and confident. If you’re going to train somebody like me you have to be confident.
“I was having coffee with Ben down at Puerto Banus and there were two very attractive girls walking down the front in bikinis. So I said, ‘Ben, if you go up to those girls and ask for their number, if you get it, you can be my trainer.’
“He was straight up and after them. Two minutes later he was back, waving a piece of paper, saying, ‘Here, I’ve got their number.’ I said, ‘Deal done, you’re my trainer.’”
This is hilariously typical from Fury, as his fans will know he has a very strong sense of humour and loves to have a joke.
Maybe it was good fortune for Fury that Davison did in fact get the number, as he seems to have worked wonders as the heavyweight appears to be in incredible shape as he prepares for his long-awaited return to the ring next month.