Tyson Fury’s unpredictably has made him a brilliant boxing champion, but that same trait outside the ring has caused plenty of frustration for his trainers.
Fury is on top of the world right now as WBC heavyweight champion and defends that belt against Dillian Whyte in front of 94,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.
There have been many highs and lows during the career and life of the Gypsy King, which include his well documented struggles with mental health.
Ben Davison helped Fury return from a ‘fat mess’ to the top of boxing and he joined talkSPORT on Wednesday, where he recounted a story on just how frustrating he could be.
Fury’s former trainer said: “I remember the first training session and tying his boxing gloves up and the excitement in him was like a child.
“I thought ‘he loves boxing and still loves boxing’. Even though he was a fat mess, he loved boxing.
“I also remember me saying to him when I was taking over training that I wanted to go away from home to focus on training.
“There’s a lot of distractions when you are sat at home and this job needed to be taken seriously.
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“He was a bit against it and we went for a run one morning in Morecambe. Hailstones and rain in your face, couldn’t get a mile up the road. The kids were screaming and we turned back and I started saying ‘the agreement was we would go away for this training, six or seven weeks, etc.’
“He was saying ‘what for, what for, what for?’ The next minute he turns around and says ‘I’ve booked it. We are driving’.
“He was saying ‘don’t worry, the most stressful part is England and once we are out of that it will be lovely.’
“Five minutes up the road and the phone starts ringing and the kids are screaming in the car and he’s saying ‘let’s just turn back’.
“We managed to get through. I remember at one point at the EuroTunnel and he turns to me and said ‘Ben, I apologise for wasting your time and will pay you what you want. I’m going to Disneyland with my family, come if you want. I’m not going to do it.’
“I had a face like thunder. I knew how to play him as well. I didn’t say anything and the next morning we woke up and carried on driving against his own will, he didn’t really want to.
“The moment the sun hit the car he was like a changed person. He rang through to my car, I was in the car behind, and was saying ‘I can’t wait to get there’.
“That was the kick he needed. That sums Tyson up. Unpredictable and you don’t know what you are going to get.”
talkSPORT will bring you live coverage of the huge heavyweight world title fight between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte at Wembley on Saturday night, with our coverage starting from 7.30pm and featuring expert ringside analysis from Ben Davison
Source: Culled From Talksport.