Billy Joe Saunders has confirmed a full-time partnership with Tyson Fury trainer Ben Davison after leaving Dominic Ingle this year.
World Boxing News exclusively broke the news of the split on March 13. Saunders and Ingle were together for eighteen months.
In light of ramping up his career to landing super-fights in the future, Saunders has decided to go permanent with Davison.
Their first fight together will be an interim WBO super-middleweight clash against the unheralded Shefat Isufi.
Saunders and Davison have known each other for some time. It was the Hatfield man who introduced Davison to Fury.
The young trainer was in the corner of Fury for his credible draw with Deontay Wilder in December. Subsequently, Davison gained big plaudits.
Following Fury seemed the right thing to do for Saunders, who said his departure from Ingle was completely amicable.
“I love the Ingle gym. I loved working with Dominic Ingle and there are no hard feelings. He may even be in the corner with Ben.
“There is unfinished business in me and people haven’t seen the best,” said Saunders.
Davison said the link-up was a natural progression between the pair.
“I’ve always worked with Billy Joe on the technical side. We carried on doing some sessions together. A few weeks ago Billy gave me the call and I was more than happy to accept,” explained the coach.
“When Tyson Fury was in a bad position Billy put us together and we’re there to help each other. Billy and Tyson make a good little team.
“Tyson’s wife always tells me how much Billy was in touch encouraging him to get back in the gym when he was struggling.”
Concluding with his prediction, Davison added: “Billy should leave this sport knowing he one of the best British fighters ever.
“Isufi is a stern test, but Billy will produce the goods.”
Saunders fought just once in 2018 after suffering a series of injuries and problems outside the ring.
Refreshed and with a new two-weight title goal, Saunders will begin his march at the home of Stevenage FC on May 18.