Tyson Fury’s ex-trainer Ben Davison gives excellent breakdown of Whyte vs Povetkin

Ben Davison has told talkSPORT not to count out Alexander Povetkin, though he is favouring Dillian Whyte in their fight on Saturday night.

Tyson Fury’s former trainer joined Jim White on Friday lunchtime and gave an in-depth breakdown of the heavyweight clash.

Tyson Fury's ex-trainer Ben Davison gives excellent breakdown of Whyte vs Povetkin

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“We all know that one shot can change a fight in boxing, none more than in the heavyweight division,” Davison began.

“It’s gonna be interesting to see how both fighters approach the fight.

“We sort of know what Povetkin’s about, he likes to close the distance and loop over the bigger opponent’s shots.

“Come underneath them, take his head off-line and punch with his opponents.

Tyson Fury's ex-trainer Ben Davison gives excellent breakdown of Whyte vs Povetkin

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“It’ll be up to Whyte to be smart about it. Can he control the fight behind his jab?

“We know he’s got a fantastic left hook, we know he can punch.

“But I think he’s gonna need a little more than just that in the fight if he wants to make this less than a 50-50.”

When asked if he expects Povetkin to target the body, Davison replied: “I’m not too sure.

Tyson Fury's ex-trainer Ben Davison gives excellent breakdown of Whyte vs Povetkin

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“Because if he’s going to the body and he’s not got the quickest feet, he could leave himself there to be countered with that counter left hook Dillian Whyte’s got.

“I think he’ll look to take his head off-line and try to time Dillian Whyte coming onto him.

“It’ll be up to Dillian Whyte to be smart, vary his jab up, he’s the longer of the two, to mix his jab up and obviously he’ll be looking for his own left hook.

“It’s been called the battle of the left hooks, but I think Dillian Whyte probably has a little more variation to his game and that’s what we’ll need to see to make it a one-sided fight.”

Tyson Fury's ex-trainer Ben Davison gives excellent breakdown of Whyte vs Povetkin

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Davison concluded: “I fancy Dillian Whyte to win it but it’ll be interesting to see how he approaches the fight, that’s what I’m more intrigued to see.

“Because it’ll certainly make for an entertaining fight if they’re both standing there exchanging left hooks, but then it’ll make it a 50/50 fight in my opinion.

“Povetkin’s the older man in this fight but he’s still a dangerous man in this fight. I think what level of respect Dillian’s got for Povetkin will determine how he approaches the fight.”

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