Deontay Wilder worked out a very specific weakness in Tyson Fury’s game, which allowed the Bronze Bomber to knock down the Gypsy King when they fought for the first time, believes Ben Davison.
The two heavyweights fought to a classic draw in December 2018, with Fury largely out-boxing the American, but being floored twice to leave the scorecards level.
The man who trained Fury for that fight, Davison, believes his former charge has a habit that gave Wilder the opportunity to land his devastating power punches.
The Brit tends to tough his face and wipe his nose with his glove, which Davison describes as a ‘mental reset’ but concedes that Wilder’s camp had spotted it and made the most of it.
The WBC champion knocked the challenger down in the ninth and again in the final round, which the trainer believes was because of the little habit.
‘Fighters have habits and tendencies and that’s what you look for as a trainer. If you do something too often and for too long at the top level you’ll be made to pay for it,’ Davison told BT Sport.
‘What Wilder does is he bounces on the spot, not back and forward, but on the spot and it’s a mental reset.