Tyson Fury is gearing up to defend his crown against Deontay Wilder this weekend and the Englishman’s boxing coach, SugarHill Steward, is one of the biggest reasons why he won the last fight.
After a controversial draw in the first fight, Fury changed trainers and brought Sugarhill onboard. That worked brilliantly for him as he comfortably finished Wilder in the rematch in February last year.
As the Gypsy King gets ready to do the double over the American, fans are curious to know more about Sugarhill and the fighters he has trained besides Fury.
Who is boxing coach SugarHill Steward?
Javan ‘Sugar’ Hill is the nephew of Emanuel ‘Manny’ Steward, one of boxing’s greatest ever trainers. He adopted his uncle’s last name in 2019 after claiming that he was like a father to him.
Manny trained some of the finest boxers in the world when he was alive. The likes of Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield and Wladimir Klitschko were all coached by Emanuel, and they’re all legends of the sport.
SugarHill has learnt his trade from Manny and he has made Fury better than he already was. The Gypsy King will be hoping to pick up another win against Wilder when the two square off at the T-Mobile Arena this weekend.
Other boxers trained by SugarHill
Manny passed away in 2012 and SugarHill took some of his uncle’s fighters under his wing. Adonis Stevenson, Anthony Dirrell and Charles Martin are three of the biggest names he has trained.
Stevenson, nicknamed Superman, was one of boxing’s hardest punchers during his time at the top. He won the WBC, Ring magazine and lineal light-heavyweight titles in 2013 under SugarHill’s guidance.
Dirrell is another one who tasted gold under SugarHill. He won the WBC super-middleweight title twice – first in 2014 and then again two years ago, in 2019, after beating Avni Yidirim via a technical split decision.
Martin won the IBF heavyweight title in 2016 but his reign was a very short one. He was the champ for only 65 days, but nobody can deny that SugarHill played a massive part in his success at the top level.