In an unusual move, Tyson Fury's trainer Ben Davison has been on the receiving end of criticism from Freddie Roach, the trainer who worked in their corner for the recent blockbuster bout against Deontaty Wilder.
Roach took issue with Davison's tactics for the fight, claiming Fury should have been "more offensive" throughout the contest.
He went on to argue that Davison's approach was the same one he used for undercard featherweight Isaac Lowe.
Why are you treating these people the same? Ben gave the exact same instructions to the 126lbs fighter as he did the heavyweight fighter?
They are not the same and his instructions were the same and choreographed for both guys. I was a little disappointed. He did hurt Wilder a couple of times and I was disappointed that he didn't get a chance to finish him.
Fury's trainer responded with a thinly veiled joke, while fellow British trainers were significantly more damning in their response.
The Boxing world making a war zone 😂😂
— Ben Davison (@BenDavison_) December 12, 2018
Really disappointing from Freddie.
A great established trainer, publicly running down the young coach who didn’t have a problem with bringing him on board in order to help Tyson can only be a desperate move to pinch his fighter.
You can’t fault the job Ben Davidson did. https://t.co/65cNsn95E5
— Dave Coldwell (@davidcoldwell) December 12, 2018
— Adam Booth (@boxingbooth) December 12, 2018
British boxer Anthony Fowler also said he was "really disappointed with this."
I’ve met Freddie before and he was nothing but respectful and a nice guy but this is poor, @BenDavison_ done an amazing job they clearly won the fight, game plan was spot on, really disappointed with this 😔 https://t.co/tL0tB2IXpH
— Anthony Fowler 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (@afowler06) December 12, 2018
The WBC have sanctioned a "direct rematch" between Wilder and Fury, although it would seem highly unlikely that the Roach will return to assist the Briton's corner.