Deontay Wilder has poured scorn on Tyson Fury’s decision to split with trainer Ben Davison ahead of their eagerly anticipated heavyweight rematch in Las Vegas next month.
British fighter Fury outboxed World Boxing Council champion Wilder on Dec 1 2018, despite suffering two knock-downs, but the match with the American was judged a draw.
Fury, 31, has teamed up with Javan “Sugar” Hill – the nephew of the late trainer Emmanuel Steward – after ending in December his two-year association with Davison.
Speaking at the opening press conference to preview their rematch on Feb 22, Fury said: “I know I am not going to get a decision in the United States. I hired him [Hill] for a knockout. That’s the game plan. If I wasn’t looking for a knockout I would have kept hold of Davison.”
But Wilder was scathing. “Every day it changes,” he said. “Firing and hiring. He spent £100,000 on all those [training] camps. I still to this day have the same people with me and I don’t need to change it.”
Both fighters have promised a knockout this time.
“You [Wilder] are going to sleep in two rounds,” Fury pledged. “I keep having the same dream about round two. He is getting knocked out in round two, 100 per cent.”
But Wilder, 34, was equally confident. “I knocked him out the first time. This time around, it is called unfinished business and he won’t be able to get back up. I am going to knock him out.”