Tyson Fury stirred up plenty of debate when he left trainer Ben Davison for Javan “SugarHill” Steward ahead of this Saturday’s big rematch with Deontay Wilder, and one of Steward’s ideas for the rematch — if it’s not just talk — may be much-debated, too, especially after the fight.
Steward tells PBC that he wants Fury (29-0, 20 KO) to come in heavier for this fight, hoping to get the big man and LINEAL!!!!!!!! champ to weigh in around 270 pounds on the scales.
For the first fight with Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KO), Fury weighed in at 256½. He was a little heavier, at 263½, last June against Tom Schwarz, and then was back down to 254½ in September against Otto Wallin.
Conditioning was thought to be a big thing that Davison brought to the table for Fury, who has never exactly been an Anthony Joshua body guy, and when Fury came to Davison to mount his boxing comeback in 2018, he was well over 300 pounds and grossly out of fighting shape. Davison and Fury put in the work and got the results.
270, for what it’s worth, isn’t some unheard of weight for Fury in a fight. He’s been everywhere between 245 and 276 on the scales in his career.
The idea this time is for Fury to be more aggressive and powerful, or at least that’s their talk. Fury has boldly predicted he’ll knock Wilder out in the second round, and while it’s absolutely possible that it’s an attempt to psyche Wilder out into making mistakes, Fury is an unusual guy in that he seems to really believe everything he says.
And despite the bluster, Steward is not underestimating Wilder. In fact, he says, Wilder doesn’t get the sort of credit he should for being more than a one-punch guy:
“People only see that right hand. People don’t notice Deontay’s left hook, his defense. He has explosive speed. He doesn’t get hit a lot. It takes a lot to land that right hand. He’s not worried about losing rounds. He sets things up, sets you up, then boom. It’s over. His punches are right down the middle. It’s after he lands that big shot that you see all of the wild swings.”
If Fury comes in heavier as planned, do you think it works to his advantage? Will it be a mistake? Will it not really matter at all?