Tyson Fury Approaches Freddie Roach Before Deontay Wilder Trilogy, Roach Responds

Published 07/19/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
HYDE, ENGLAND – JULY 31: Tyson Fury trains during a media workout at Hatton Health & Fitness on July 31, 2018 in Hyde, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)


Just months ahead of his much-anticipated trilogy fight against Deontay Wilder, WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has reportedly requested Freddie Roach to join him at training. The bout which was scheduled to happen on July 24 will now take place on October 9 after Fury’s team contracted Covid-19.

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Meanwhile, there have been no major changes to the Brit’s training camp. Sugar Hill Steward remains the primary trainer to ‘The Gypsy King’ and Jorge Capetillo remains the cut-man. However, Freddie Roach claimed that Fury had approached him weeks back when both men were in Las Vegas.

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Speaking with Sky Sports, Freddie Roach said, “I had a couple of guys fighting in Vegas when Tyson was there. I ran into him between locker rooms. He said: ‘Hey Freddie, are you still going to train me?’. I said: ‘Tyson, anytime you want, you know where my gym is, you are always welcome’.”

“Fury is a nice guy, a good person, a good fighter. I was picking him to win that fight. I see him as one of the best heavyweights. He trains hard, he’s big, he’s a good puncher.”

As Freddie Roach is one of the all-time great trainers in the sport of boxing, he also has huge importance in Tyson Fury’s career. While the duo may not work together, they still share mutual respect and love.

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That said, adding the veteran to his corner can be a massive boost to Tyson Fury’s confidence. ‘The Gypsy King’, already the favorite over Wilder in the fight, could look to improve himself even more under Roach’s tutelage.

Should Tyson Fury work with Freddie Roach?

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Tyson Fury is one of the best fighters on the roster and is well aware of his doings. However, a massive change in his training camp can be problematic and disrupt the rhythm. Following a big win against Wilder in 2020, ‘The Gypsy King’ seems finely tuned in for a third fight. Simultaneously, Deontay Wilder is also looking sharp and prepared for the battle.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury celebrates his win by TKO in the seventh round against Deontay Wilder in the Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Hence, it might be the best step to stick to the pre-existing game plan. While changes can infuse a few variant styles or ideas, they can also hamper the boxer’s planned vision. However, as Fury and Roach share a healthy relationship, they can rightly join hands to bring even better results.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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