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The sub-plot to Wilder-Fury 2: Fury’s new trainer

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The sub-plot to Wilder-Fury 2: Fury’s new trainer

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The sub-plot to Wilder-Fury 2: Fury’s new trainer

The heavyweight rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury is in full swing and is set to take place on Saturday, February 22, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in a historic joint FOX Sports PPV & ESPN+ PPV. The instant sub-plot to the rematch to their contest that led to a still debated split draw in December 2018 is in the corner for Fury will be a new trainer. Before the holidays, T.J. Rives wrote here that Fury made official the split between him and trainer Ben Davison going back to Sugarhill Steward.

Rolling out the promotional tour for the fight, Fury explained the switch on ESPN’s College Gameday on Saturday.

“I think I needed a bit of a change because I was getting a little bit stale,” Fury stated. “Repetitive, doing the same things day in and day out for years. I needed a change.”

The change in trainers with a fighter has usually been in the history of boxing come down to money first, money second, and every other reason after that third.  One person who agrees with Fury on the switch is Top Rank CEO Bob Arum.

Arum pretty much said in a recent interview that Davidson and his corner are the ones to blame in the last contest in which Fury received over 40 stitches in a tougher than expected match against Otto Wallin.

“That corner almost lost that fight,” said Arum. “They had no clue. They gave all the credit to the guy who had never been a cutman before, and did everything wrong. Everything. He was pressing down so that the blood was coming out. ‘The man who saved Tyson Fury.’ He almost killed him.

Arum blaming the corner for Fury advised that he needed a change of ear as well, which led to the switch from Davidson to Steward.

“I told Tyson that he needed help in the corner, because it wasn’t being run properly, and he needed a cutman. Emanuel Steward’s nephew is pretty good. I think what will get Tyson through is Andy Lee because Andy Lee is a real boxing guy who can work with Tyson’s head.”

The new, old corner of Fury teaming back with Steward and former middleweight champion Andy Lee will be on display as the team trains in Las Vegas for the rematch. With the cross-promotion of two networks for this pay-per-view, I’m sure we’ll get to see in action the preparation the camp takes.

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Marquis Johns is a unknown humorist and avid boxing fan. His love for the sweet science goes back to when matches were 15 rounds and has been covering fights since closed-circuit pay-per-views. Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth is not only a quote by Mike Tyson, it's also a pretty good reminder to keep your guard up.

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