Javan ‘SugarHill’ Steward has arrived in the UK as Tyson Fury gets ready to step up his preparations for that trilogy fight against Deontay Wilder in December.
Fury (30-0-1) is scheduled to put his WBC, Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight titles on the line against ‘The Bronze Bomber’ (42-1-1) on Saturday December 19, likely at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
He had ‘SugarHill’ and fellow Kronk Gym disciple Andy Lee in his corner for the first time in February when he destroyed Wilder in their rematch in Las Vegas to become world heavyweight king for a second time.
Fury shocked the world by coming out aggressively to dominate Wilder from the first bell en route to a one-sided stoppage victory in round seven.
The new corner combination – who replaced Ben Davison – were given a large amount of credit for the change in Fury’s gameplan, and the astonishing results.
Since then COVID-19 has wrecked the boxing schedule and made it difficult for fighters and trainers who naturally hail from opposite sides of the Atlantic to meet up and train together.
But on Sunday Fury released an Instagram post showing ‘SugarHill’ in the UK, outside Jimmy Egan’s Boxing Academy in Wythenshawe, Manchester. That was where ‘The Gypsy King’ began his epic boxing journey as a youngster.
The possibility that Fury vs Wilder 3 might be put back to February 2021 because of COVID-19 had seemed very real until late last week when Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum revealed he is still hoping it can be staged on December 19 at Allegiant Stadium.
It is likely at this stage that between 10,000 and 15,000 spectators will be allowed to attend in a stadium that holds 65,0000.
The new $2billion home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders, Allegiant will be closed to fans for the entirety of the 2020 football season due to the ongoing pandemic.
Fury of course knows that should he emerge victorious against Wilder, there is the carrot of a monster showdown with big British rival Anthony Joshua next summer.