Here BTSport.com take a look at Fury’s new trainer SugarHill Steward, why he replaced Ben Davison and what effect the American is having on the 31-year-old.
Wilder vs Fury 2: Why did the Gypsy King split from Davison?
In a shock move, Fury and his former trainer Davison split 10 weeks before the scheduled rematch with Wilder on Saturday 22 February.
Davison has been credited with bringing Fury back from the brink after his life spiralled out of control following his win over Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015.
Fury had ballooned to 27 stone after drinking 18 pints a night and using cocaine during his battle against depression and addiction.
But Davison helped get Fury’s career back on track by moving into the boxer’s spare room for a year and dedicating himself to training the Gypsy King. Fury would lose 10 stone on the comeback trail.
Yet Fury’s father John was heavily critical of Davison following the heavyweight’s most recent bout – the narrow victory over Otto Wallin during which Fury sustained a nasty cut.
Fury Sr claimed Fury “would not have won” against better opponents and insisted it was “the worst he’d ever seen” his son.
“If he keeps hold of that team, that whole team, they will cost him his career,” John Fury insisted. “Ben Davison and everyone.”
Fury would split with Davison around three months later, explaining that “I was going a little bit stale, repetitive, doing the same things day in, day out for years.”
Davison for his part describes the split as amicable.
Wilder vs Furt 2: Who is Javan “Sugar Hill” Steward?
Javan Steward is the nephew of Emmanuel “Manny” Steward the legendary boxing trainer who trained a host of great champions including Lennox Lewis, Tommy Hearns, Evander Holyfield and Wladimir Klitscho.
Manny worked out of the famous Kronk Gym in Detroit and after his passing in 2012, Javan took control of the facility and changed his surname to Steward in homage to his uncle
Javan trained with a number of his uncle’s former fighters including Adonis Stevenson, Charles Martin and Anthony Dirrell – as well as Fury’s cousin Andy Lee.
The pair first met when Fury travelled to America to spend a month working with Manny when the young Gypsy King left an impression on the Stewards as he vowed to become the next heavyweight champion of the world.
Fury told talkSPORT: “I had the opportunity to go there – the Kronk Gym – and I ended up going.
“So I just landed over there, they didn’t even know I was coming. I walked in the gym, I was like, ‘Is Emanuel Steward here?’
“They said, ‘Who are you?’ I was like, ‘I’m the next heavyweight champion of the world, Tyson Fury.’ They took me down to see him and that was it. I moved into his house that day.
“I was there for three weeks in Detroit with him, we trained every day, we talked about a lot of stuff, he had a lot of knowledge on boxing.
“It wasn’t just physical where he was great, he was great at communicating with a fighter and talking over fights.”
Manny Steward would gift Fury a pair of boxing gloves during that visit, the same gloves that the Gypsy King would wear five years later when he defeated Klitschko in Dusseldorf.
Wilder vs Fury 2: What made Fury hire him?
“We’re gonna go back to basics,” Fury said of his appointment of the American. “I trained with SugarHill back in 2010, we got on like a house on fire.”
Fury, famed among boxing purists for his footwork and movement, was in the market for a more technical trainer after splitting from Davison.
Sugar Hill explained: “We will work in 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.”
The Detroit-based trainer told MTK Global: “It all came as a bit of a surprise but I’m very happy and very excited because I’ve worked with him before.
“It’s very important to have someone with the kind of spirit that Tyson has. I’m a free-spirited person myself, just like him and it’s important to have fun when you’re training because it helps you learn.”
Sugar Hill insists the two are already comfortable working together and working towards the same goal:
“I think it’s going to be very good. I’m going to be honest with him and he’ll be honest with me too. We don’t waste time hinting at things – if something is wrong then we feel free to talk to each other about it.
“I’m sure that it’s the same thing Ben and Tyson had together. When you have that honest relationship, it makes for the best and most successful kind of combination. It’s true not just in boxing but in sport and throughout history.”
Wilder vs Fury 2: What can we expect from Fury under Sugar Hill?
As Fury himself has repeatedly stated, Sugar Hill says the heavyweight will be looking to knockout Wilder in their Las Vegas rematch in a bid to avenge the controversial draw from 14 months ago.
“It’s the Kronk style, so it’s not hard to figure out,” he told Sky Sports. “What did Emanuel like the most? If you know that answer, you know the plan Tyson spoke about.”
“Both guys are big punchers but Wilder is bigger, he is a beast of a puncher. But one punch changes a fight and this is why the heavyweights are the big daddies of them all.
“[A knockout] is always the plan. Why think anything less?”
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