David Haye questions Tyson Fury ‘gamble’ ahead of Deontay Wilder rematch

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David Haye has questioned Tyson Fury’s decision to change trainers ahead of his much anticipated rematch with Deontay Wilder on Saturday night.

Fury split with former trainer Ben Davison in December and began working under ’SugarHill’ Steward, who grew up around the famous Kronk gym in Detroit.

Davison helped the Englishman make his boxing comeback after he’d battled depression, leading him to two victories before the dramatic draw with Wilder back in December 2018.

However, the Gypsy King’s recent below-par performance in beating unheralded Otto Wallin saw him switch to Steward.

But former world heavyweight champ Haye believes that could be a mistake.

He said: “The main factor in this fight is the teams. You’re fighting someone who only needs to hit you once and it’s over.

Haye has questioned whether Fury should change trainers

“You need to make sure that your defence is better and more airtight than it has ever been before.

“To trust that to someone who you’ve had no history with is a big, big gamble in the biggest fight of your career.

“If you’re going into a situation where your life is on the line and you have one guy who has packed your parachutes 100 times in a row are you going to trust someone who you don’t know… the answer is no.

“You wouldn’t feel comfortable with that… the fact that Ben is not in his corner is the biggest factor in the fight.”

Fury rematches Wilder on February 22
Fury rematches Wilder on February 22

Fury’s first fight with Wilder ended in a controversial draw as many believed he’d done enough over 12 rounds to earn the decision.

However, the WBC champion did knock him down twice in the fight, with the 31-year-old somehow rising from the canvas in a dramatic 12th round.

The Bronze Bomber has 41 knockouts from 42 wins but Fury is the one opponent he’s faced that he’s failed to stop.

However, Haye believes the 34-year-old might end the contest inside the distance this time around.

He added: “Fury needs to have another game plan as good as the first one was. And I’m not sure trusting someone he hasn’t got history with is the right thing to do.”

Wilder will bid to make the 11th successful defence of his title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.



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