Tyson Fury’s trainer Ben Davison has defended his record with the lineal heavyweight champion after the boxer’s father, John, called for him to be sacked.
31-year-old Fury sustained a large gash above his eyebrow and a smaller one in his eyelid in the third round on his way to a unanimous points decision over Otto Wallin in Las Vegas.
Fury battled through and – as his opponent tired – he began to take control, despite still being hampered by the injury.
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The judges scored the fight 116-112, 117-111, 118-110.
And Fury’s father John believed it was the poorest display of his career.
He told BT Sport Box Office: “It’s the worst I’ve seen from Tyson.
“I’m proud of how he has mauled his way through but he has to be honest and say things are not right. For a man to be in that condition after eight weeks (in) camp – it looked like he had nothing after round two.
“His strength and power went tonight, he was as weak as a kitten from the first round. At 18 stone one, I’ve warned him and warned him. He is a 19-stone fighter.
“If I had my way, the lot (Tyson’s corner) would be gone. If they keep that team that will be his career.
“There was no snap to the punches, he lost his shape, the power was not there, his feet were coming together, it was an untidy effort.
“His will to win is unprecedented but he made hard work of it from the off. How does a man like Otto Wallin, with limited ability, get that close with a piercing jab?
“An injury like that could finish a career, he might need surgery on that.”
But Davison has hit back at the claims.
After the fight, he said: “Listen if Tyson was a kitten, he wouldn’t have been able to do 12 rounds like that.
“It was his engine and experience, strength and size which was the difference there.
“Strength wise I was perfectly happy with it. The cut affected him a lot, he couldn’t see out of it but he had to make out like he could see out of it.
“That’s why he made it a dog fight. Close the gap so he didn’t have to be able to see the shots coming. And he got the job done.
“John is Tyson’s dad so of course you have to respect him but Tyson was fully prepared and you can’t do anything about sustaining a bad cut.
“Just because he’s gone 12 rounds it doesn’t mean he’s weak. If he was weak he wouldn’t have been able to do 12 rounds there.
“We worked in training camp for it to potentially be a dogfight because we knew that we might have to go there.
“Otto had heart and bollocks and tried to close the gap up and luckily we had prepared Tyson in case it went that way because that’s what he needed.”