Heavyweight contender Tyson Fury will not be ringside at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night, when Deontay Wilder defends his WBC world title against Luis Ortiz in a rematch.
However, Fury’s head trainer Ben Davison is making the trip and he will be ringside to watch Wilder in action.
Should Wilder win, there is already a rematch lined up against Fury on a date in February of next year.
The two fighters fought to a controversial twelve round split draw in December of 2018 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“I’m going over there because if I can see one thing and pick up just one thing that I didn’t see and haven’t seen while watching hours upon hours upon hours of him, then it’s worth it,” Davison told Boxing Social.
“In this game 1% can make a difference. The margin of errors are so small, so for me to go over there [is important]. I could have just flown over there on the Friday and watched the fight but I also want to watch the media workout, see if I can see something, and like I say if I can spot one thing it’s worth it.”
As far as the fight on Saturday, Davison is leaning in Wilder’s direction to come away with the win.
The first time around, in March 2018, Wilder stopped Ortiz in the tenth round. But, Ortiz had him in a lot of trouble during the seventh and he appeared to be on the verge of getting a stoppage win of his own. Wilder was able to recover by the eighth round.
“In regards to the fight, I think Ortiz – although he’s obviously older now than when they fought the first time – I think he’ll still be very reactive for the first three or four rounds,” Davison said.
“But as we always say, if Wilder lands flush in the first 10 seconds or the last 10 seconds, he can more than likely end the fight. So, it’s an interesting one.”