Tyson Fury has assembled a coaching team specifically designed to knock Deontay Wilder out on Saturday night.
Less that two months away from the highly-anticipated rematch, Fury announced Ben Davison would no longer be in charge and would be replaced by SugarHill Steward, the nephew of legendary coach Emanuel Steward.
Andy Lee, Fury’s cousin and a former world champion himself, re-connected the Gypsy King and SugarHill.
‘Experience, Fury wanted more experience at this level,’ Lee told Metro.co.uk. ‘A lot of things can go right or wrong at this elite level. You need a sure hand in the corner.’
Lee said he immediately thought of SugarHill and Fury was quickly put in touch with the Detroit-based trainer.
‘At 7.37 in the morning Tyson Fury calls me up. “Hey Sugar, what’s happening, do you want to train me for my next fight?” I told him “No problem”. And here we are now,’ SugarHill explained.
‘I thought it would be the perfect fit because we’d been in camp before.’
Lee and SugarHill have known Fury for decades. ‘Tyson came into the gym out of the blue one day looking for Emanuel, saying he was the next heavyweight champion,’ SugarHill remembered.
‘He was a big gigantic white guy with an English accent. Saying he’s going to be the heavyweight champion of the world. In that gym, you get a lot of people saying they’re going to be a world champion.
‘Talk is cheap. When he was shadow boxing and hitting the bag, I noticed he had some exceptional co-ordination. He had a work ethic too. That was all I saw that day. I watched Emanuel work with him and watched him spar, that was my biggest thing.
‘I saw all this stuff he was doing like a middleweight. You can hit the bag brilliantly, but can you do it in the ring? Tyson was able to do both. In sparring, he did the exact same thing and that was a big surprise. He hasn’t changed at all.’
SugarHill’s training style was honed in the Kronk Gym that was made famous by his uncle, who trained 41 world champions, including heavyweight greats Wladimir Klitschko and Lennox Lewis.
A stiff jab and thundering right hand have long been the two staples of a Kronk fighter, and those are the weapons Fury intends to use to beat Wilder on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
‘He’s talking about knocking Deontay Wilder out, knocking out the knockout artist,’ SugarHill said.
‘This is part of boxing. Tyson boxed and fought him in the first fight, did he win? No. So this fight, he’s going to go for the knockout. He’s not going to go with the same game plan again? It didn’t work the last time.’
Lee is also on the coaching staff now. Davison left the team because he didn’t feel he could work alongside another coach.
SugarHill revealed he didn’t know Davison would not be in camp until news broke in the media that Fury had split from the trainer. Davison’s surprise exit changed nothing for SugarHill.
Fury has admitted this is the first time in his career he’s focused on his improving his punching power in a camp. SuagrHill conceded that fact was noticeable in training, but Lee praised the British heavyweight for displaying a rapid improvement.
‘Tyson’s improved a lot,’ he said. ‘Basic things like his balance, his stance, how he punches – all those things will lead to him being a better fighter.’
Fury also decided to draft in famed nutritionist, George Lockhart. The American has worked with a host of fighters including Conor McGregor. He’s feeding the 6ft 9in heavyweight 4,500 calories a day and has banned Diet Coke and introduced more fruit and vegetables, two things Fury has always disliked.
The drastic changes in camp represents a concerted effort to ensure there is no repeat of the December 2018 draw – and that Wilder doesn’t floor Fury a third time.
‘I thought a draw was fair enough,’ SugarHill explained. ‘I may sit here and say I thought Tyson won, but it doesn’t really make any difference to me. If Tyson wasn’t knocked down twice, we wouldn’t be talking right now.’
While Fury insists Wilder’s punching power is padded and he’s the easiest fight he’s had in his career, SugarHill branded the WBC champion ‘seriously underrated’.
‘Everyone thinks he’s just got one hand, but that’s not the case,’ he explained.
‘He uses his jabs and his hooks and his footwork and his range to set up that right hand. It’s quite wrong to say he’s got one shot.’
After eight weeks of camp, Lee is predicting a second-round knockout, as is Fury. SugarHill is just as confident and hinted adjustments during the fight will be the key to victory.
‘That’s one of the worse feeling you can have as a coach, telling a fighter to do something he can’t do. I’ve failed him in that scenario. I didn’t teach him like I should have,’ SugarHill said.
‘After this fight, Tyson will be up there with the greats, with all he’s accomplished.
‘His talent is remarkable for a heavyweight of his size. To be that big and do the things he does. He’s like a middleweight. Tyson moves just as well as Muhammad Ali and Tyson was much, much bigger.’
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