Deontay Wilder is citing ‘nervous behaviour’ behind Tyson Fury’s eleventh-hour personnel changes and the Gypsy King’s decamp to lower ground in advance of the pair’s upcoming bout at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles, on 1 December.
WBC heavyweight Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) – the first American world heavyweight champion in nine years - has held the title since 2015 and is due to meet Brit Fury (27-0, 19 KOs) in his much-vaunted comeback, after almost two years’ inactivity and being stripped of his last title back in February.
Alabama boy Wilder was speaking of Fury during a conference call Thursday, where Fury - from Manchester, England – has shipped in Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach as a cut man, to join a training camp that already includes 140-pound champ Ricky Hatton and untried head corner man Ben Davison.
Davison replaced Fury’s uncle, Peter Fury, who steered Fury through what was arguably the pinnacle of his career so far and his unanimous decision over the primacy of Wladimir Klitschko, with Fury terminating ‘Dr. Steelhammer’s’ long-enduring dominance of nearly 12 years to become lineal IBF/WBA/WBO/IBO champion back in November 2015.
The Bronze Bomber said: “I’m a different monster in that ring and [Fury] knows it," per Boxing Scene.
"That’s why he had to have three different trainers. I don’t have to have nothing but the ones that I’ve been with. But if he’s such a big guy and he’s supposed to be able to do all this sh*t, why does he need to have so many trainers for little old me?
"[I’m] someone who is supposed to only have a right hand, can’t box, or somebody who doesn’t go by the textbook. Why do all these fighters have to have so many resources and different things just to fight little old me?
"If he says there’s not a man born of woman that will be able to beat him, then why in the f**k is he switching up on all of his trainers?”
Wilder went on to add: “I would have been happier if he had Peter. That’s who he really needs, because his only claim to this game is beating [Wladimir] Klitschko, and Peter was the one who was with him for that. Peter knows him and knows what he’s about.
"So when you don’t have your original trainer who knows you in and out and who has been with you from the start, and you start [going] with other trainers and seeing who has a name out there, they don’t know you.
"In this short period of one month’s time, [other trainers are] not going to fully get to know you. His style was created by another trainer [Peter Fury] from the beginning, so to me, that seems like nervous behaviour.”
In October, Fury also decamped from the high altitude of Big Bear Lake, California, and Abel Sanchez’s gym, the Summit, to Los Angeles, and three weeks ago the training camp continued at Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood.
“Up in Big Bear, [Fury] couldn’t even stay in Big Bear and had to come down because that was too much for you,” Wilder said. “He had Abel Sanchez up there, a wholly different trainer. Now, you’re coming to sea level where you can take it, and you’ve got the other trainer.”
Peter Fury was replaced by Davison when Fury began his comeback in earnest back in January this year. Whilst Davison remains head trainer, Fury has given Roach free-reign in his team.
Fury said “Whatever Freddie wants to do, he can do. Freddie’s his own man. Whatever he wants to do, he’ll do in the corner. I’m sure he will.
"It’s always good to have experience in the corner. It’s always good to have a wise hand in the corner, and it’s gonna be to my advantage.”
Wilder doesn’t think this – or anything else - will make a difference.
“It doesn’t matter to me. I want him to be comfortable and to get the trainer that he feels will bring the best out of Tyson Fury. I want the best Tyson Fury that we can possibly get,” said Wilder.
“But I’m already hearing excuses. Every time I fight, I get f****ing excuses, and I’m tired of it. In this fight, I will knock him out.”