Ben Davison: Five times he proved himself as one of the UK's best trainers

Ben Davison is regarded as one of Britain's best trainers right now, and looking at his accomplishments below, it is no surprise.

It looks set to be another busy year for Ben Davison ahead of world title defences for Josh Taylor and Leigh Wood.

Then there's Devin Haney. Davison has been working with the American in recent fights and with Haney looking to unify the division against George Kambosos Jr., he could find himself in Australia later this year.

Lee McGregor is another fighter under the tutelage of Davison and bantamweight's European champion will be aiming to get into world title contention in 2022.

Regarded as one of the best trainers in the UK right now, Planet Sport has decided to take a look at his five best moments in boxing.

Wood becomes world champion

Not many gave Leigh Wood a chance of beating Can Xu at Fight Camp in July 2021. The Chinese fighter - fighting in the UK for the first time in his career - was defending his WBA title for the third time.

Wood would deliver a sensational performance from the opening bell, winning close to every round before landing a knockout in the final round. He followed in the footsteps of Carl Froch by becoming the newest world champion from Nottingham.

Josh Taylor becomes undisputed king

Josh Taylor has won all 18 of his professional fights

Taking over from Shane McGuigan, Ben Davison's first fight with Josh Taylor came during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic against Thailand's Apinun Khongsong. He provided no competition for Taylor, who knocked him out in the first round.

The next fight saw Taylor bid for history against Jose Ramirez in Las Vegas. The pair collided for all four major belts at junior welterweight. The Scot dominated proceedings, knocking Ramirez down twice on his way to winning on points.

In doing so, he became the first undisputed champion from Scotland since Ken Buchanan in 1971.

Tyson Fury's return to the ring

After beating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, Tyson Fury took a hiatus from the sport due to mental health problems. During his time off, Fury partied hard and looked a shadow of the same person who dethroned Klitschko in Germany.

Fury would make a comeback and Ben Davison inspired his return. The Londoner helped him lose more than 100lbs - after Fury ballooned up to 30 stone - and guided him to a world title draw against Deontay Wilder in 2018 although many felt he had done enough to win the contest on points.

Guiding Billy Joe Saunders to world glory

Billy Joe Saunders decided to move up to super middleweight after being stripped of his WBO middleweight crown.

He challenged Shefat Isufi in Stevenage and under Davison's instructions, he outpointed the German to become a two-division world champion.

Throughout the fight, Davison constantly reminded Saunders to "remain aware" and to respect his rival.

"He willing to take silly risks, one round, two-time, two-weight champion, everything off of that this round, you've won the fight," said Davison.

"Pleased as a trainer. Proud as a friend. Undefeated. 2 time. 2 weight. WBO World Champion. Billy Joe Saunders," tweeted Davison after the fight.

Lee McGregor's rise

One of the brightest talents in British boxing is looking to pick up from where he left off last year and he will continue his journey under Ben Davison.

In 2021, McGregor became bantamweight European champion with a stoppage over Karim Guerfi in Bolton, England.

McGregor followed it up with another victory inside the distance, overcoming Vincent Legrand to make a successful first defence of his EBU title.

In a division currently dominated by Naoya Inoue - the current WBA and IBF ruler - McGregor is ranking No.10 by The Ring, rising nine places since winning his most recent fights in 2021.

Inoue is expected to collide with Nonito Donaire once again and while John Riel Casimero is also fighting at the 118lb limit, towards the end of the year a world title opportunity could come into fruition if Inoue decides to move up to super bantamweight.

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