HIT THE SWITCH Tyson Fury’s coach Freddie Roach convinces Brit to go southpaw against Deontay Wilder

The legendary trainer will be in the Gypsy King's corner for his WBC heavyweight clash in Los Angeles this weekend

27 November 2018 - 09:25

FREDDIE ROACH has convinced Tyson Fury to mix things up in his big title showdown.

The legendary trainer is in Fury’s corner for Saturday night’s blockbuster WBC heavyweight fight with Deontay Wilder.

He has been helping Fury, 30, switch from an orthodox stance to southpaw and lead with his right hand — a move they hope will baffle his American rival in Los Angeles.

Boxing mastermind Roach said: “I don’t mind switch-hitting. Tyson is very effective on the southpaw side — then he will always be moving away from Wilder’s right hand.

“Wilder does have a decent hook but mostly he throws the right hand first and the left hook behind it.”

Roach, looking sensational for a 58-year-old battling Parkinson’s disease, added: “Wilder is a bit dangerous, he has the right hand — but he does telegraph it.

“Tyson can see it coming all night long, he is a much better fighter than that.

“He can’t get hit by the right hands and when he turns southpaw, he also has quite good power on that side.”

Roach will be Fury’s cutman, alongside No 1 coach Ben Davison and Manchester hero Ricky Hatton.

Fury’s decision to have three in his corner has made Wilder, 33, think he is nervous.

But Roach insists he will leave it down to rookie Davison, 25, to tell Fury what needs to be done.

Roach, who has just been rehired by Manny Pacquiao for his January battle with Adrien Broner, explained: “My role is to offer up some strategy.

“I told his coach that if I see something, I will tell you — and you will be the one who decides whether to pass it on to him.

“I am a firm believer that only one person talks in the corner, you don’t want any confusion.”

Roach has been impressed with Fury’s remarkable fitness drive, which has seen him shed more than 10st.

He said: “Tyson has boxed 12 rounds five or six times, against three sparring partners — three fresh guys — no problem.

“He has been moving really well. After one round the bell rang and he said, ‘I didn’t get touched in three minutes’.

“I said, ‘Very good — you still have to land a couple to win the round.’ But he achieved what he wanted to do in there.

“He has the legs, he can move for 12 rounds, no problem.

“Him and Ben are focused on the plan.”

 

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