SugarHill Steward, the coach of Tyson Fury, gives Anthony Joshua some advice ahead of their fight.
When the two meet in the ring later this year, Anthony Joshua is expected to struggle against Tyson Fury’s unpredictability.
Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight unification bout against Tyson Fury, according to the latter’s trainer SugarHill Steward, will need him to prepare for every possibility. For quite some time, the two have been projected to fight in the ring, with the winner claiming the title of undisputed champion of the division for the first time in more than 20 years.
Joshua’s promoter, Matchroom head Eddie Hearn, announced on Monday that a two-fight contract had been finalized, with only the dates and locations of the fights still to be determined.
Both fighters are regarded as the top heavyweights on the planet for quite different reasons, which has divided boxing fans.
Joshua is recognized for his knockout skills, having won 22 of his 24 professional fights by stoppage, whilst Fury is widely regarded as the better all-around boxer.
The ‘Gypsy King’ can match Joshua’s front-foot fighting style, but he’s also skilled at playing the long game, breaking down opponents and eventually outclassing them over the course of the 12 rounds.
Steward, who took over as Fury’s trainer from Ben Davison in 2019, believes his client’s adaptability will make him a difficult nut to crack for Joshua, who may struggle to deal with his style’s spontaneity.
“In the ring, Tyson is unpredictable; he has no idea what he’ll do next,” Steward told MyBettingSites. “Perhaps he’ll simply come out and box. Who knows what the strategy is going to be?
“With Tyson, everyone needs to consider so many different factors. Is he going to come out and say something to you or not? You must now train in two different ways: with someone coming at you and with someone boxing you.
“When you’re prepping for something like that, it gets a little challenging. With Tyson Fury, you have to prepare for so many different styles, which makes things a lot more difficult.”
Joshua appears to have taken a minor change from his big-punching habits since losing to Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019 and avenging the loss six months later, adopting a diligent and studied strategy in order to outbox opponents as well as overpower them. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”