Freddie Roach to work as cut man for Tyson Fury

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By Jeff Aranow: Former heavyweight unified champion Tyson Fury (27-0, 19 KOs) will be using former Manny Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach in his corner as his cut man and adviser for the Deontay Wilder fight next month on December 1 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Fury, 30, recently moved his training camp from Big Bear, California to Roach’s Wildcard Gym in Los Angeles, California. While training at the legendary Wildcard Gym, Fury, 6’9″, has gotten the chance to get to know Roach, and he’ll be hoping to use his knowledge to pull off an upset against Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) next month on December 1. According to Sports Illustrated writer Chris Mannix, Roach will be in Fury’s corner for the Wilder fight helping him. Roach has been sitting in on Fury’s training sessions at the Wildcard Gym, and he’s been helping his trainer Ben Davison. 

Fury already has a plan in mind to use to defeat Wilder. Roach isn’t saying what that plan is, but it likely involves using movement to tire Wilder out to take him deep into the fight. 

Wilder’s lack of experience in fighting 12 round fights could make him vulnerable to Fury’s punches in the later rounds if the fight lasts that long. The only time Wilder, 32, has gone the full 12 round distance during his 10-year pro career was in 2015 in his first fight against Bermane Stiverne. Wilder injured his right hand in the early rounds of the fight, and this prevented him from being able to load up on his shots the way he normally does. 

Roach’s expertise as an adviser will be an important factor for Fury to have a chance of beating Wilder. Fury is facing the biggest puncher in the heavyweight division in the lightning fast Wilder, and he’ll be fighting him in front of what will likely be a large pro-Wilder crowd on December 1 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

“He asked me if I’d work in his corner,” Roach said to SI.com. “He asked me if I could do cuts. I said, ‘Yeah, I have guys better than me though.’ He said, ‘Do you know what you’re doing?’ And I said, ‘Of course I do—I have everything you need.’ So I’m the cut man.”

Wilder’s opponents rarely suffer cuts in his fights. One reason for that is they don’t last long enough for them to suffer a cut. When the 2008 U.S Olympian Deontay Wilder does connect cleanly with his punches, his opponents go down for the count. 

Roach’s ability to put together superb game plans makes him a valuable asset as a trainer. Most boxing fans believe that Fury will need to fight the perfect fight for him to defeat Wilder on December 1. Having Roach in Fury’s corner will certainly give him an extra edge that he didn’t have before.

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