David Coldwell: Freddie Roach’s Ben Davison comments bang out of order

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Dave Coldwell made an appearance on Love Sport Radio earlier this week where he defended fellow coach Ben Davison.

Davison was the subject of some derogatory comments from legendary Hall of Fame cornerman Freddie Roach.

The young trainer’s coaching instructions given to Tyson Fury during the Deontay Wilder fight came under fire.

Speaking to Brian Moore, Coldwell gave his thoughts on Roach, alongside Davison and a possible Wilder v Fury return.

On Roach’s comments about Ben Davison’s coaching

It’s a pretty bad move really. It’s very disrespectful to Ben Davison. Ben brought him on board because they’d used his gym and offered to let him work the corner and be part of the fight, part of the event,” Coldwell told Love Sport Radio

It’s one thing thinking those things… If you’ve got those feelings, speak to Ben privately. But to go on TV and air them, it’s bang out of order. Freddie has had a fantastic career and he’s one of the world’s best coaches – you only have to look at his resume – but he’s had a lot of fights where he’s been beat.

Can you imagine if the guys who’d been in his corner came out and said ‘Freddie should have done this, Freddie should have done that’? He’d be pretty offended. He’d feel pretty hard done by after inviting these people to be in the corner as part of the team.

On Ben Davison’s coaching

Ben knows what these guys are good at and what they’re bad at. You cannot fault Ben one bit. The time when Tyson started getting a bit more aggressive, he ended up on his backside in the last round. Tyson Fury is not known or seen as a go-forward fighter who is going to go in there slinging bombs.

He’s a very very smart boxer and you can’t tell me he wasn’t out-boxing Wilder in that fight. The advice and the tactics that Fury deployed in that fight, working with Ben, you can’t knock it!

Just because somebody isn’t well-known or somebody is young, it doesn’t mean they’re not good enough. Yes, they’re lacking in experience but they’re only going to learn by doing it.

It’s like having a prospect who has only boxed six rounds. You don’t know, you think they’re capable, but you don’t know until they’ve done it.

Just because he hasn’t, doesn’t mean that he can’t! Ben has proved that he’s capable and whatever he has done in the preparation for the fight was good.

He handled the occasion, he never flapped in the corner and I can’t really fault him.

On the Wilder vs Fury rematch

Deontay Wilder will have learned from it. His strength is his recklessness and awkwardness. He goes in there and gun-slings, he lets those windmills go.

We all look at them and say terrible technique but it is effective and it works. That’s where he gets the majority of his kncokouts. He’s never been a man that has a reputation for being able to outbox people.

There’s not a chance in the world that he can go in there and outbox Tyson Fury. If he comes out swinging and catches Fury with a shot, we know he’s got the power to do it.

My big fear for Tyson going into that fight was that he didn’t have the comeback fight that he needed getting into that fight.

He faced two guys that weren’t worth anything and then jumped in with Wilder. The fact that he’s now had this fight with Wilder – 12 rounds, a real fight, he knows what his body can do now – he’s going to be loads better enext time he gets in that ring.

He’s going to be more confident in his fitness levels and now he understands what he’s capable of doing, he’s going to move on again and become an even better fighter than he was before.

Yes, Wilder will have learned a lot but Fury will be a better fighter as well.

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