Ben Davison has given his take on Deontay Wilder and his current state following his showdown against his own fighter, Tyson Fury.
Wilder will return to the ring tonight to take on Dominic Breazeale in New York, his first fight since taking on the former champion Fury in December.
According to the coach of the famed Manchester heavyweight, Ben Davison, the fight – no matter how divisive the result – stood as a damaging reminder to The Bronze Bomber of his own mortality.
Speaking to The Metro, Davison explained how Fury’s performance and the comfort at which he was able to handle Wilder’s famed power may well have have sapped the confidence possessed by the WBC champ.
“I always keep a keen eye on the other two in the heavyweight division.
“I would say from what I’ve seen is that Deontay Wilder is a bit psychologically damaged from the Tyson Fury fight. It’ll be interesting to see how that will affect his performance. I can see their team has tried to make lots of changes, so it’ll be interesting to see whether that works for him or not.
“I think if the Wilder of usual turns up, it could be an early night – within five rounds. But, if there’s too many changes and there is psychological damage, then it could be an interesting one.
“What they need to understand is the Deontay Wilder of old will beat everybody – except Tyson Fury. There’s a danger to making too many changes. They need to understand nobody can keep up with Tyson when it comes to boxing. They shouldn’t beat themselves up about that.”
Of course, both men will face a different opponent before they get an opportunity to run it back inside the ring but as things stand – if all can be settled at the negotiation table – one would have to assume that we’ll see Wilder/Fury II before too long.
“Listen, Wilder had a lot of success and is a formidable fighter, but coming up against Tyson Fury is another ballgame.
“When have you seen a 6ft 9in, 18 and a half stone man move around like Muhammad Ali before? He’s a freak of nature, but so is Deontay Wilder.
“But they should understand not everyone can do what Tyson can do. Deontay Wilder should stick to himself because he’s got more than enough to beat Dominic Breazeale. He should trust himself and stick with that.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena