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Freddie Roach to corner for Tyson Fury, talks Deontay Wilder chances

World Boxing News 14/11/2018

Stacey Verbeek

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Hall of Famer and multiple time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach will work as cutman for Tyson Fury.

The 58-year-old revealed the news in an interview with Sports Illustrated two weeks out from his duties.

Roach (Pictured below by Ed Mulholland) will be alongside Ben Davison in the corner for Fury as the former world champion challenges WBC title holder Deontay Wilder.

“He asked me if I’d work in his corner,” Roach told Sports Illustrated. “He asked me if I could do cuts. I said, ‘Yeah, I have guys better than me though’. He said, ‘Do you know what you’re doing?’ And I said, ‘Of course I do, I have everything you need’. So I’m the cutman.”

A former coach for the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto, Roach has a wealth of knowledge. Fury and Davison can tap into this at the Staples Center on December 1.

The Wilder fight holds a massive profile and takes pride of place on the Showtime Pay-Per-View platform.

On Fury’s chances of causing what will be seen as an upset, Roach said: “I think he has the ability to outbox (Deontay Wilder). He can’t outpunch him. If he tries to slug with him, he’ll get caught.

“But he’s a good boxer and he has good legs and I think he can box for 12 rounds without any problem whatsoever.

“He seems to be in very good condition. Boxing here, he has gone up to 12 rounds a couple of times.

“His best asset is his sight. He sees what’s happening in there. He’s not going to get hit with a right hand out of left field.

“I like him in this fight a lot. I think he has a great game plan to win this fight,” he added.


COMEBACK

Fury has lost almost 150 pounds since embarking on comeback in 2017. At one point, the 30 year-old was pushing 27 stone (almost 400 pounds).

Depression and drug abuse have been pushed to one side for Fury, who scored victories in April and August to remain undefeated.

A win over Wilder would eclipse even Fury’s win over Wladimir Klitschko and go down as one of the greatest underdog stories in history.

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