American coach of the British WBC world champion in the heavyweight division (over 101.6 kg) Tyson Fury (33-0-1, 24 KOs) Sugar Hill Steward gave
interview for the British media.
In a conversation, the coach commented on the protracted negotiations on organizing the fight for the title of absolute champion between Fury and the owner of three IBF / WBO / WBA belts from Ukraine Oleksandr Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs), and also spoke about the fight Joshua – Franklin. In addition, Steward expressed his opinion about the upcoming fights of the top American fighters: Gervonta Davis – Ryan Garcia and David Benavidez – Caleb Plant.
– Everyone has long been waiting for the announcement of the fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk. I know what your answer to such questions will be. I will ask about your understanding of this, and you will answer – I do not know, I will leave you with that.
– Exactly. This is not my area. My area is to form a plan for a fight and not lose by knockout. Everything is simple.
– Maybe you talked with Tyson, and maybe he wants to start working by the date of the fight?
Yes, he wanted to start working after the last fight. He always wants to work. He is superhuman. He is always ready to work. He wants to fight all the time, but these things are not always feasible. He wants to fight the top and best guys, and that’s not always possible. We can only do what we are allowed to do. We cannot control someone else and what they want to do. When you understand this in your life, you can live and feel much more comfortable, much more relaxed, instead of worrying about someone else, what they will and want to do. We are talking about these things with Tyson. I’m glad to see that he took my advice and feels the same way as I do.
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– Do you expect Oleksandr Usyk to be the next opponent?
— I expect it to be anyone. Expose them!
I have spoken to you before about a potential job with Anthony Joshua. It is obvious that this did not happen. Instead, we saw him work with Derrick James. What are your thoughts on this ahead of the fight with Jermain Franklin?
— [показывает палец вверх] I like it. I like Derrick James. He is my friend. We have been together in many places. Derrick doesn’t take just anyone. I believe everything will be alright.
What do you think of the Joshua vs Franklin fight?
“This is a tough fight. Any heavyweight fight against tough guys is tough. And Jermain proved it in the fight against Dillian Whyte. You cannot write it off. And you saw Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz. It’s like that in almost every division, but heavyweight is the big guys division. It sets the scene. One hit here and it could be over for anyone. This is a fight that both fighters need to take seriously. I expect a great fight. I’m expecting a spectacular fight like Dillian Whyte vs Jermain Franklin. I think Jermain’s extreme fight really boosted his confidence. Playing at this level, it’s just another stop to prove that he has the skills he had in the past as an amateur. And he was a great amateur boxer. We need to take it to the professional championship level.
Mike Tyson named the favorite in the fight Gervont Davis – Ryan Garcia
I would also like to hear your thoughts on the other two fights on the horizon. Gervonta Davis – Ryan Garcia was announced last week. Your thoughts? Break this fight for me, please.
I have no thoughts on this fight. I’ll just say that Tank is a dangerous person. [смеётся]. It is dangerous, despite the fact that it is small. You just need to be afraid of it. He’s dangerous, he takes hits and all that. Ryan Garcia has speed. It will be a technical fight, a long chess game until someone is caught. I’m looking forward to an interesting fight to watch. I think the fans and everyone else will be satisfied. The fight will not come to a decision.
“I take it you choose Tank as the winner?”
“I didn’t say that. Garcia also has a hit. The fight will be technical until someone makes a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes in boxing. The tank skips. Ryan has knockout wins, he has power. The puncher doesn’t always get to you. It will be an interesting fight. The one who sticks to the plan for the fight, adjusts and catches the other will win.
— And finally, David Benavidez and Caleb Plant March 25th. Not too long ago, you trained one of your fighters for Caleb. What are your thoughts and your prediction?
Caleb is a boxer, a fighter with aggressive fast hands. Benavidez – goes forward, fast hands, uses size. I just think that these two fights are not for me to choose the winner there. These are just the fights I want to see. Often I don’t even want to watch fights. Just because of the level of competition. But these two fights will be great to watch. Two fights with top level fighters. Benavidez, Plant, Davis and Garcia – I almost forgot about them, but you reminded me. Now I’m starting to remember how excited I was to see those fights.