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Ricky Hatton full of praise for Ben Davison after Tyson Fury's draw in America

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With the dust finally settling on the controversial draw between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, former two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton has provided his thoughts on the fight.

During an interview with Behind the GlovesHatton was asked about Fury's trainer, Ben Davison, having been part of Fury's corner for the world title fight in Los Angeles.

Fury's rookie trainer was in the spotlight for much of the pre-fight talk but Hatton has praised the professionalism of the 27-year-old, stating his and hall of fame coach Freddie Roach's roles were only minor.

"I was impressed when I saw him in the gym and talked to him about the job he was doing with Tyson and by his boxing knowledge in general," Hatton said.

"It was Los Angeles, a big, massive crowd, heavyweight championship of the world and I did think that was a different level.

"But he handled it like a seasoned pro. He had me and Freddie in the corner where he could pick our brains in the three minutes before he had his minute but to be honest, he didn't need us.

"I think Ben more than proved his capabilities as a coach, I was impressed the minute I saw him, my opinion of Ben Davison has gone up even further after what I saw.

"It's an area I feel we don't have to delve into anymore - Is he experienced enough? I think he's proved that.

Hatton's show of support for the young coach comes after some controversial backlash from Roach.

In an interview earlier this week, the 58-year-old icon revealed he thought Fury needed to be 'more offensive'.

"Ben gave the exact same instructions to the 126lbs fighter as he did the heavyweight fighter," Roach told Fox Sports.

"They are not the same and his instructions were the same and choreographed for both guys. I was a little disappointed."

"He did hurt Wilder a couple of times and I was disappointed that he didn't get a chance to finish him." 

Roach's comments were generally lambasted by the boxing community, the likes of Anthony Fowler and David Coldwell tweeted to defend Davison.

Fowler tweeted: "I've met Freddie before and he was nothing but respectful and a nice guy but this is poor."

Coldwell, former trainer of the retired Tony Bellew stated:

"Wow. Really disappointing from Freddie.

"A great established trainer, publicly running down the young coach who didn't have a problem with bringing him on board in order to help Tyson can only be a desperate move to pinch his fighter. You can't fault the job Ben Davison did."

Although Hatton was impressed by how Davison handled the fight, he did admit a different tactic could have been used earlier in the fight to help Fury tire out The Bronze Bomber in the latter stages.

Hatton added: "There were a few little things I'd have thought with the weight advantage maybe Tyson could have made him and then lean on him a little bit. 

"Maybe he wouldn't have had the power in the 12th round."

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Tyson Fury
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