Tyson Fury has asked legendary trainer Freddie Roach to re-join his team for his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder. The Gypsy King spent time at Roach’s gym in California ahead of his first fight against the Bronze Bomber and wants to work with him again.
Sugarhill Steward is the champion’s current trainer, and was in his camp for his successful fight last year. Speaking to Sky Sports, Roach suggested he could again link up with the fighter.
“I had a couple of guys fighting in Vegas when Tyson was there.
“I ran into him between locker rooms.
“He said: ‘Hey Freddie, are you still going to train me?’
“I said: ‘Tyson, anytime you want, you know where my gym is, you are always welcome’.
“Fury is a nice guy, a good person, a good fighter. I was picking him to win that fight.
“I see him as one of the best heavyweights. He trains hard, he’s big, he’s a good puncher.”
“I worked with him for six weeks,” Roach continued. “Then he went to Big Bear and said to me: ‘Hey Freddie, I can’t breathe up here!’
“I said: ‘That’s the altitude, give it time’.
“I think it’s way overrated.”
Frederick Steven Roach 61yrs is an American boxing trainer and former professional boxer who is widely regarded as one of the best boxing trainers of all time.
He is the enduring boxing coach of the eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, five-time and four-division world champion Miguel Cotto, former WBC middleweight champion Julio César Chávez Jr., three-time world champion James Toney, former UFC middleweight and three-time welterweight champion George St-Pierre, as well as top prospects Jose Benavidez Peter Quillin and Vanes Martirosyan. Roach was the trainer of two-time women’s world champion Lucia Riker. He has also trained former lighterweight champion.