Tyson Fury might be playing down the difficulty of facing Anthony Joshua, but his trainer certainly isn’t.
SugarHill Steward, a man Fury began working with full-time ahead of the Deontay Wilder rematch in February 2020, believes Joshua showed against Kubrat Pulev that he is ‘a very dangerous package’.
“He showed a lot of good things in that fight [Pulev], I was very impressed,” SugarHill told MyBettingSites.co.uk blog. “His patience, he was relentless, he was pushing the issue. It was impressive. Anthony Joshua is a dangerous fight period.
“From what I saw in that fight he really put his stuff together. I thought he took the risks. He didn’t fight anything like he fought against Ruiz the second time.
“That’s the one he didn’t take the risks in. He fought with a different style and now I believe he’s comfortable with it.
“He did take risks in that Pulev fight, he didn’t shy away and just wait – he was right there. He was aggressive and I thought it was a great fight and great performance by Anthony Joshua.
“Anthony Joshua is one of the top fighters in the division, one of the top fighters in the world, with his skills and experience. He’s one of those guys who keeps practicing.
“It’s going to be a tough fight. He’s got a ton of experience, he’s got the height, good balance, good power, timing – there’s so much that Anthony Joshua has – that’s a very dangerous package.”
Fury and Joshua have signed to fight twice in 2021 for the undisputed heavyweight crown. The Gypsy King has made various claims that he will knock Joshua out with relative ease when they meet and SugarHill says Fury can go about facing Joshua in a couple of ways.
“Tyson’s unpredictable in the ring, he does not know what he’s going to do next. Maybe he will just come out and just box [versus Joshua]. Who knows what the game plan will be.
“Everybody has to think about so many different things with Tyson. Is he going to come out at you or not? Now you have to train two different ways; somebody coming at you and somebody boxing you.
“It starts to get a little difficult then preparing for something like that.”
Fury blew Wilder away in his last outing with a seventh-round knockout to acquire the WBC title. Having worked with Ben Davison for a long time prior to the change, Fury praised the impact of SugarHill.
“Having SugarHill in the corner is a fantastic asset. Before I came over here to start this training camp, I was very unsure how this would go because obviously me and my long-term trainer [Ben Davison] were not training together anymore.
“He was a new trainer, someone I hadn’t worked with for 10 years, so it was all up in the air. Andy was coming in, SugarHill was coming in, so it was all unknown. But I can tell you now, it’s the best decision I ever made and I’m glad I made it when I did because we’re going to see something different on Saturday night.”
And how right he would turn out to be! Fury bullied Wilder in the ring and utterly dominated him to claim his title.
Now, Fury brings that title to the dance where Joshua will also bring his WBA, IBF and WBO world titles.
While a venue and date still needs to be decided, SugarHill believes a fight of this magnitude and importance needs to be in front of fans no matter what.
“This fight needs to happen in front of a big audience, it can’t just happen in a closed room on television. This is the heavyweight division and the two biggest boxers in boxing right now. For these two to meet it has to be a spectacular event, I do understand that. You can’t just say we’re going to fight and that’s it.
“The world has changed and I believe if it was not for the coronavirus, this fight would have happened. You got to have the fans. Wherever that fight can happen that has fans, a big crowd with the fans roaring. Where everyone is trying to get tickets for that fight. You can really have this type of fight without.”