Former Undisputed Heavyweight Champion, Tyson Fury will be going back to his past in preparing for his rematch with WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder in February.
Wilder confirmed on Sunday night that he is parting with trainer Ben Davison, who has been with him for his last 5 fights including the first match up with wilder in December of 2018. Wilder then posted on his verified instagram that he will returning to the famed Kronk Gym for guidance:
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As we wrote on Sunday, word had broken that Fury and Davison had split, and that Fury was looking for a new tactician and motivator for the rematch with the “Bronze Bomber.”
Sugarhill Steward will be that new trainer and is the nephew of Hall of Fame trainer, Emanuel Steward out of the Kronk Gym. That Gym became synonymous with World Championship fighters in the 1980s and 90s including the likes of Hall of Famer Thomas Hearns, and later Heavyweight Champs, Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko.
Fury worked with Emanuel Steward almost a decade ago and developed a relationship with the nephew at that time. The Hall of Fame trainer died in 2012.
In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports on Tuesday, Sugarhill Steward gave some insight into what he believes he brings to the Fury camp 60 days away from the rematch with Wilder:
“He wanted a trainer who was technical,” Sugarhill explained about their link-up.
“He wants to be very technical. We will work on his technique. These are the characteristics he was looking for when he called me, and I fit the description.
“It all happened so fast. Initially he spoke to me about coming into camp, then I heard Ben Davison is gone and I’m the head trainer.”
There is also some belief that Fury’s dissatisfaction with Davison is a sign that he is unsure about what to do tactically in the rematch with Wilder and that Steward will bring a different perspective and vary up his game plan.
Sky Sports reported that Steward and Fury will begin work together soon in Las Vegas, which is the site of the February rematch.