Sugar Hill: "I was taught and trained by Emanuel - get the knockout."
During this weeks LA presser to promote Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 2, there has been plenty of trash talking, promises and shocking statements. The most astonishing of all was the British challenger claiming that he is going to "stand in mid-ring and slug it out with Wilder," and "100 per cet get a second-round KO win!"
Tyson Fury (29-0-1, 20KOs) is famed for his explicit rants and colourful persona. He is great at talking and can get into an opponent's head, as Wladimir Klitschko discovered when he was bamboozled by him in 2015 and dethroned for the first time in a decade by the Mancunian.
However, new trainer Sugar Hill Steward, th nephew of the late, great Emanuel Steward, backs his Brit boxer and revealed that what he says is "no joke." Fury is going to be looking for the knockout against the fearsome Deontay Wilder (42-0-1, 41KOs).
He elaborated that uncle Emanuel, who trained Lennox Lewis and Tommy Hearns, always stated, "the only 100 per cent way to know you've won the fight is to get he knockout."
He continued, "As a trainer, I'm happy. He knocks him out in the second round, we can go home.
"What do you do, run from him, be scared of him? If you're outboxing him, all you've got to do is make one mistake and he catches you. This is the heavyweight division - anybody can be hurt. Just as Tyson went down, Wilder an go down as well. A decision isn't gonna' get it.
"I was taught and trained by Emanuel - get the knockout. That's the only 100 per cent way, period."
Sugar Hill and Tyson go way back to 2011 when Fury was just 17-0 at the time. 'Manny' Steward worked with the emerging heavyweight and very nearly formed a partnership all those years ago as Tyson was lining up to fight Antonio Tarver; a fight which he would've based himself in the States for but it eventually fell through anyway.
It was announced just before Christmas that Sugar Hill was replacing Ben Davison as his trainer going forward. He has also trained world champions Adonis Stevenson and Anthony Dirrell.