Tyson Fury was coasting to an easy victory and on his way to securing a shot at WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder when the former world ruler asked his trainer a peculiar question.
Heading into the final round of ten, and nine rounds up on the cards, Fury sought Ben Davison’s approval to take out Francesco Pianeta so they could pack up and go home.
— Ben Davison (@BenDavison_) August 21, 2018
Davison used the opportunity to test Fury’s discipline having only worked together for a short period and ordered the 30 year-old to see it out to the final bell.
Fury duly took those words on board and put the last session in the bank to complete a whitewash over the ex-world title challenger and book his spot opposite Wilder.
The video posted by Davison shows the exchange as it happened on BT Sport and proves how in tandem the pair have become since the hooked up in 2017.
WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders introduced Davison and Fury, who haven’t looked back since as the ‘Gypsy King’ dropped a ton of weight to get back in the mix.
Weighing 27 stone when the duo began work to secure a world title chance, Fury scaled 18 stone 5 pounds for the Pianeta contest and hopes to be lighter still for the Wilder clash.
Wilder, who has held the WBC strap since 2015, made the trip to Belfast to take in the Pianeta fight and is now awaiting official confirmation of a Las Vegas showdown this year.
The T-Mobile Arena remains firm favorite to stage the bout over the MGM Grand, with dates of November 17 and December 1 suggested to be in play.
Once the action begins, it will represent a remarkable recovery for Fury, who will have gone from oblivion to contesting a world title in just over a year.