Dillian Whyte can’t avoid Tyson Fury says Sugarhill

By Boxing News - 03/29/2022 - Comments

By Barry Holbrook: Tyson Fury’s trainer Sugarhill Steward isn’t bothered by Dillian Whyte choosing not to attend the first press conference between them.

He feels that Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) can’t permanently avoid Fury. He will have to face him on April 23rd, and there’s nothing he can do about that.

Whatever game the 34-year-old Whyte has been playing will end on April 23rd when the two heavyweights meet in the main event in front of a crowd of 100,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in London, England.

It would be a good idea for Whyte to let go of any bitterness he might have in his mind and stay focused on trying to win the fight. If he beats Fury, he can be the A-side in the rematch should he choose to face him again.

“He’s a star in America and a worldwide star. That’s mainly because of the heavyweight division and his exciting fights, one, two, and three,” said trainer Sugarhill Steward to BT Sport Boxing on Fury’s three fights against former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.

“The heavyweight champion of the world is one of the most respected men on the planet. It’s always a person to look at, being that figure for whatever reason.

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“It’s only a matter of time. You can’t avoid what’s been avoided for long. There’s always going to be a time where you’re going to have to face up to it,” said Sugarhill about Dillian Whyte not showing up for the kickoff press conference to promote his fight with Fury on April 23rd.

“Tyson is just whatever he feels. I don’t know what the opponent, Dillian, is thinking. Maybe he has a plan when he sees him. Tyson doesn’t have a plan. It’s just whatever feedback he gets from the person in front of him is where he’ll go from there.

“That’s his ability to adjust and create and stay in control. Listen, this is the heavyweight division, the most exciting division in boxing. Everybody has a chance,” said Sugarhill when asked if Whyte has a chance against Fury.

Sugarhill might be a tad bit disingenuous when he says Fury doesn’t have a game plan for Whyte because he does.

Fury wouldn’t be dropping all the weight if he and Sugarhill didn’t have a game plan that they feel would work against the heavy-hitting Whyte.

Considering how well Whyte does against heavyweights that stand before him, it makes sense for Fury to use movement and not let him get close enough to unload with the left hook.

“That’s why it’s the big daddy of the divisions. Anything can happen. Everybody has that power. All of these men are 200 lbs plus. The only way I would think that is if his count was past 10, as has been proven in the first meeting with Deontay Wilder – Tyson Fury fight.

“For me, when I saw him go down, I wasn’t worried so much like that because I’m watching him. I watched the way he went down. He was hit and then trying to get his feet together and tried to grab him, but missed a grab and fell at that point.

“He was aware and alert that much to try and grab hold of Deontay Wilder,” Sugarhill said of Fury when he was dropped by The Bronze Bomber in the fourth round of their trilogy fight on October 9th last year.

“The second knockdown, it wasn’t a great punch. It was a push punch behind the head, which was okay for me. I was happy about that one. I’d rather that one than the first one that he got caught with.

“So, when he went down with that one, I was like, ‘Ah, alright. He’ll be alright.

“Knockout,” said Sugarhill when asked what his prediction is for Fury’s fight with Whyte. “Knockouts always, knockout time. Every fight, I’m preparing Tyson to knock somebody out.

“We bring in the proper sparring to sometimes simulate the opponent, but just to give different looks as well. So it’s not just to have different sparring that’s mimicking the opponent. I don’t want to go too deep into my strategy and my bag of wisdom, but there is some kind of science to my madness.

“That’s what he said at that time. So whatever he said at that time, that’s what it is,” said Sugarhill about Fury, saying this will be his last fight before retirement.

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