Responding to a comment on social media, trainer Ben Davison promised he would not oppose former charge Tyson Fury
There are countless examples of trainers working against their former students in boxing. Hell, Floyd Mayweather Sr came very close to opposing his own son, only a dispute over money keeping him out of Oscar De La Hoya’s corner against his gifted progeny. So you have to respect the recent vow by Ben Davison to never train a heavyweight against his friend and erstwile charge, Tyson Fury.
Questioned on social media about a return to training fighters in the heaviest division Davison responded, "I would never train anybody to fight Tyson. Couldn’t do it. That’s my bro."
This promise takes on even greater resonance when you consider the wider context. Davison helped elevate Fury from the depths of despair to a better mental state, achieved incredible weight loss and, ultimately, drew with WBC champion Deontay Wilder after a fight many believed the traveller had done enough to win. Despite this impressive success, and two further victories, Davison was recently jettisoned by Fury ahead of the Wilder rematch, in favour of SugarHill Steward. Their friendship clearly runs deeper than a professional partnership.
While Fury grinds away for the February 22 date in the US, Davison has resumed working with an even older friend in two-weight world champion Billy Joe Saunders.