Exclusive: Fighting Tyson Fury is like facing ten different fighters, says Ben Davison

Joe Hewlett 17/01/2018

Tyson Fury’s coach Ben Davison has compared sharing the ring with the lineal heavyweight champion to dealing with the skills of ten different fighters simultaneously.

As Fury continues preparations for an imminent spring return with Davison overseeing his camp, the new trainer took the opportunity to send out a warning to anyone who accepts the challenge of facing the 29 year-old former king.

“Tyson can adapt, he can do everything. If it means him boxing southpaw for the whole fight, then he will fight southpaw for the whole fight. If it means he has to box on the back foot for the whole fight, then he’ll box on the back foot for the whole fight. If it means he has to come forward and be the one to set the tempo then he can do it. Or if he has to go head to head with Joshua then he can. Anything that has to be done to win, Tyson can do. He has all the capabilities to do it,” Davison exclusively told World Boxing News.

“He has absolutely everything. Anybody who gets in the ring with Tyson, you have to try and deal with the attributes of ten different fighters because he can box in such a variety of different ways which makes it very hard.

“People underestimate Tyson’s punching power because he can box so cleanly, not get caught with much and make things easy for himself. You don’t really see him blasting people out as often as you did in his early part of career but that’s his choice.

“If he wants to stand and trade, he can and that’s a big shock for people who get in the ring with him.”

He continued: “All the other fighters know that Tyson is the biggest threat for all of the fighters (world champions). You’ve heard Anthony Joshua say it. And when a man has so many attributes, he’s not just a puncher, he’s not just a boxer – he can do everything. He’s got size, he’s got reach, speed, power, boxing ability, can fight, good chin, plenty of heart, everything that all the other fighters, he brings that and plus three or four different styles he can do it in.”

Shannon Briggs has been strongly linked to being the first man to trade with Fury since the Wladimir Klitschko fight in 2015, although nothing has yet been finalized for a possible April/May outing.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95