Ben Davison has revealed Tyson Fury played mind games with Deontay Wilder as early as the weigh-ins by coming in heavier than he actually was.
The Gypsy King battered his American counterpart on Saturday night in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to prise his WBC heavyweight title from his waist.
After knocking down the Bronze Bomber in the third and fifth rounds, Fury put his foot down and forced Wilders corner to pull the champion out of the fight to save him from further punishment.
Tyson Fury toppled Deontay Wilder in the seventh round after a spectacular performance
Davison trained Fury for almost two years as he made his comeback into the sport from depression, taking him into the first Wilder fight and almost to the brink of an incredible victory.
However, after watching the rematch as a spectator for this occasion, Davison revealed Fury had already inflicted several psychological wounds in the first fight.
It was sort of like round 13, Davison told talkSPORT. Wilder did not look very confident and Tyson had actually said to me ages ago he was looking to have a fast start.
Start fast and re-implement everything into Wilders mind and it worked an absolute treat because when Tyson took a right hand from Wilder, Tyson believed he could take Wilders power.
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He took a right hand in the first round and went flying straight back at Wilder and I think that just increased those doubts which started in the twelfth round of the last fight and it sort of went from there.
After ballooning up to 400 pounds and seemingly never likely to return to boxing, Fury was helped by Davison shed stone after stone in order to get back to his optimum fighting weight.
And Davison insists Furys 273lbs frame at the weigh in on Friday was a ploy to throw the former WBC champion off his game.
Personally, I believe that was a manufactured weight on the scales, he added. I dont believe he was that heavy.
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I believe that was part of the mind games going on. I know Tyson, I know his body and I do not believe he was that heavy in fact I know he was not that heavy.
I believe his morning weight was more in the region of 18st 8lbs, 18st 9lbs. And obviously throughout the day as youre eating and drinking your weight will increase there.
“But I believe the weight he stopped on the scales at was manufactured weight all part of mind games which he is the master of.