Frank Warren has confirmed Ben Davison has already had to get tough with Billy Joe Saunders following musings their close partnership is unworkable.
Given their solid friendship, doubts have been raised the pair can now belatedly work together full time moving forward.
It was Saunders who introduced Tyson Fury to Davison, and the rest – as we know, is history.
As he prepares to embark on a two-weight world title run, Saunders has left Dominic Ingle in favor of Davison.
It’s pairing Warren believes has many benefits.
“Bill doesn’t need a mate as his coach, but Ben Davison’s stock has risen a lot since coming in late and training him for his title defence against Artur Akavov in 2016,” Warren said in his Metro column.
“He’s risen in stature having trained Bill’s mate, Tyson. He’s not stood for any nonsense off of Tyson and he’s already laid down the law with Bill.”
On the task in front of Saunders on May 18, Warren added: “Billy Joe Saunders has to perform against Shefat Isufi, this is a big moment for him.
“The last 18 months have been disastrous and he knows that. He’s got to get on with it.
“We struggled to find a venue, but we’ve got a great one in Lamex Stadium. It will seat 12,000 fans and we’ve already had a big demand for tickets.
“I’m hoping WBO champion Gilberto Ramirez will make a decision in the next couple of weeks, stick to what he told the WBO and vacate his title. Then Bill will be fighting for the vacant belt.
“If that doesn’t happen, the winner will fight Ramirez. Whatever happens, Bill will be in at least two big fights this year. We want him out three times this year.”
An expected 10-12,000 capacity will be made available when Saunders battles Isufi at the home of Stevenage FC.
The winner should be crowned full title holder once Ramirez makes his future clear after a fight later this month.