David Haye fears changing trainer could backfire on Tyson Fury

David Haye fears Tyson Fury will regret changing his trainer just two months before his rematch with Deontay Wilder.

Fury ditched friend and trainer Ben Davison – who had helped him back from the depths of a drink and drug-fuelled depression – weeks before the biggest fight of his career.

Instead he has installed SugarHill Steward, nephew of the late, great Emanuel, in his corner for his sequel with the hard-hitting American.

Fury insists the split was amicable after Davison decided he did not want to share the training responsibilities.

The 31-year-old has since piled on the pounds and weighed in almost a stone-and-a-half heavier than he did for the first fight 14 months ago.

And Betfair ambassador Haye believes the decision could backfire.

"Tyson changing his trainer could be a disadvantage," he told Mirror Fighting . "Sometimes it's good but in boxing terms rarely would you change your whole team two months out of a fight, especially when you've worked for years with a tried and tested team who have only led you to victory.

"I think its a very unnecessary risk and an element that has led me to believe Wilder will be victorious."

Fury came close to beating Wilder in 2018 when he out-boxed the champion for long periods but was dropped twice in the ninth and 12th rounds.

The Briton still appeared to have done enough to be victorious but was denied victory when the judges scored the bout a draw.

And Haye believes Fury, who was then fighting for just the third time since announcing his comeback, has lost the element of surprise.

"I feel the element of surprise that was there in the first fight is now gone," he added.

"It was never going to be a surprise about Wilder's punch power but it was a surprise that Fury could take his punch power.

"Wilder was surprised at how tough, elusive and slippery Fury was.

"Now he knows that he should be able to set traps better and set up his attacks and not hope to knock him out with one big shot."

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