Rather unsurprisingly, Billy Joe Saunders secured the vacant WBO super middleweight title on Saturday evening by outclassing Shefat Isufi.
Saunders will be thankful though to the advice of his and Tyson Fury’s trainer Ben Davison, who was screaming encouragement from the corner of the ring.
Davison’s reputation within the sport has significantly increased since the Gypsy King’s return to boxing and draw against the undefeated Deontay Wilder last year, a fight many believe Fury deserved to win.
The impact of a trainer is almost a mystery within boxing and one often wonders how much influence they have within a fight. BT Sport gave us the answer on Saturday by attaching a microphone to Davison, and the result was intriguing.
Throughout the fight, Davison constantly reminded the Brit to “remain aware” and to respect his rival.
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Davison did look briefly uncomfortable when Saunders was rocked to the ropes in round six but his man recovered well.
On the bell of the 11th round and going into the final round of the fight, came the most fascinating insight.
“He willing to take silly risks, one round, two-time, two weight champion, everything off of that this round, you’ve won the fight,” said Davison.
That was the way it ended, Saunders won comfortably with scores of 117-111, 118-110 and 120-108 from the judges, improving his professional boxing record to 28-0.
Following the fight, Davison’s pride was clear to see on twitter, he tweeted: “Pleased as a trainer. Proud as a friend. Undefeated. 2 time. 2 weight. WBO World Champion. Billy Joe Saunders.”
Many fans are now hoping Saunders makes the step-up after another comfortable win with potential fights against Saul Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin being discussed as possible options.
Meanwhile, Davison will now turn his attention to heavyweight Tyson Fury and his upcoming fight against Tom Schwarz on June 16.