Focus on Las Vegas for Tyson Fury, Wilder big fight
In less than 24 hours, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will come to blows in a hugely-anticipated, cross-Atlantic bout in Los Angeles.
Wilder’s WBC title will be on the line and a victory over Fury will surely put him one step closer to securing a fight against Anthony Joshua to unify the heavyweight division.
For the Gypsy King, however, tomorrow’s clash not only represents a chance to take Wilder’s title, but to complete an almighty comeback against all odds.
According to Sportsmail, some key figures in both camps have played a significant role in the build-up to tomorrow’s showdown.
Frank Warren (Tyson Fury Promoter): He is one of the most famous boxing promoters, having represented the likes of ‘Prince’ Naseem Hamed, Joe Calzaghe, Nigel Benn, Ricky Hatton, Dereck Chisora and Amir Khan.
Fury signed a deal with Warren, 66, back in April this year, as he looked to ramp up his promotion ahead of his comeback fights. It’s safe to say, this fight almost promotes itself.
Ben Davison (Trainer): Last year, Ben Davison was introduced to Fury while on a fitness camp — combined with a lads holiday — in Marbella.
Fellow boxer, Billy Joe Saunders, was the man to convince Fury to head out to Spain and let Davison give some structure to his training.
Fury has previously had success with his uncle, Peter, but felt a change was needed to freshen things up.
And what was Davison’s test to prove he had the ‘minerals’ to coach the Gypsy King? Walk up to two girls in Marbella and get their phone numbers. He did so and the rest, so they say, is history. Fury was sold.
Freddie Roach (Cut man): Freddie Roach is one of the most iconic figures in the sport. Roach, who has cornered the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan and Oscar De La Hoya, is widely regarded as one of boxing’s best trainers.
Now, at the age of 58, Roach, who suffers with Parkinson’s disease, will be in Fury’s corner as a cut man, providing his nuggets of wisdom in between rounds.
Jay Deas (Deontay Wilder Trainer): Jay Deas’ path to training one of the most destructive men in world boxing is a curious one.
He attended college on a baseball scholarship and became a TV crime reporter after graduating. But, having always maintained his love for boxing, he was never too far away from the ring.
Deas eventually set up his own gym with his brother in 1997. He eventually took over the reins in 2005 from sibling Tommy and one of his first clients, somewhat remarkably, was a then 20-year-old Deontay Wilder. It’s been quite the journey since then.
Mark Breland (Trainer): Mark Breland brings some real boxing pedigree to Wilder’s corner.
A gold medal winner in the 1984 Olympics and a former world welterweight champion, Breland offers a wealth of experience to the Wilder camp.
And Breland must be doing something right – just recently Deas revealed Wilder dislocated the trainer’s shoulder while he was on the mitts during one training session.
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