Some three months on, people are still debating the fallout of Tyson Fury’s contest with former UFC champion Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia.
The discussion centres around whether or not Fury was showing a natural decline in the fight, if he simply had an off night, or if he had underestimated someone who calls himself ‘the baddest man on the planet.’
It stems from the fact that Fury only just got a split decision points win and never fully got control of the fight. The lineal and WBC champion was even put down in round three and his own father has said that he thinks Fury didn’t train properly conditioning-wise.
One man who should know is the man who was one of his sparring partners during the camp for that fight, and that is unbeaten English heavyweight champion Sol Dacres.
Speaking to Seconds Out ahead of his own fight with David Adeleye, he has dismissed John Fury’s comments.
“John wasn’t really in the camp. It’s all good saying it in hindsight. I was there for two weeks. We were sparring hard, doing 12, 15 round sessions.
“I’ve been in previous camps and he was training just as hard as previous camps so it’s hard to say. It’s really more on him than anything. The training camp was preparing for a 12-round fight.”
This news might be of concern to Team Fury who will be hoping that a good camp in the run-up to his undisputed clash with Oleksandr Usyk on February 17th might right some of the wrongs of his last contest.