Tyson Fury is tentatively set for face Deontay Wilder in a big heavyweight rematch on Feb. 22, and with just two months of preparation time to go, the LINEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! heavyweight champion of boxing has parted ways with trainer Ben Davison in favor of Kronk’s SugarHill Steward, a move that came as a surprise to many, though with Fury it’s hard to be totally surprised by anything.
The new trainer, speaking with ESPN, says that Fury hired him to go to a “more technical” approach for the rematch with the big-punching Wilder:
“He was telling me that there’s a lot of trainers out there that he’s looking at, but nobody is technical, nobody’s teaching as a trainer. ‘They’re just training you. I need someone technical, I want you to be with me again, like we were before when it was me, you and Emanuel, when you were doing that technical pad work, showing me exactly how to throw the punches, the proper balance.’”
It’s an idea that on the surface makes a lot of sense for Fury (29-0-1, 20 KO), who outboxed Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KO) in their first meeting last December. He left with a draw thanks to a pair of knockdowns scored by the Alabaman, whose right hand is the biggest weapon in boxing today, the biggest weapon we’ve seen in a long time as far as someone having a single, truly destructive punch that can end any fight at any moment.
If Fury, 31, can manage to avoid tasting the canvas, if he can pick the 34-year-old Wilder apart with an approach that sees him not make any crucial mistakes, he could be a terrible matchup for Deontay. Wilder showed in his last fight that he’s really not looking to “win rounds” at all anymore, as he patiently waited for almost seven full rounds doing next to nothing on offense before he landed the bomb on Luis Ortiz.
So we have the idea that Fury will try to come in “more technical” for the rematch. We’ll see if Wilder does something different, or if the faith in that right hand is, at this point, so deep that they’re going to fully rely on it ending the fight at some point, be it round one or the last minute of round 12.