Sugarhill Steward is not happy at being replaced by Isaac Lowe as the trainer of Tyson Fury moving forward.
The evidence points to Steward not even being in the loop about getting fired.
Sugarhill Steward success
Steward took Fury from a draw with Deontay Wilder in 2018 to two victories over the hard-punching American in 2020 and 2021.
The nephew of the great Emmanuel Steward also oversaw a stoppage victory of Dillian Whyte earlier this year.
Despite the success, Fury announced his decision to drop Steward and move on to an unproved active fighter in 28-year-old Lowe.
“I’ve decided to come back to boxing because I can be the first heavyweight champion in history to have two trilogies. One with Deontay Wilder and the second with Derek Chisora,” Fury said.
“I always said I’d fight Derek Chisora at the end of my career. Here we are, breaking all records again, setting precedents.
“Issac’s always been there. He’s always given me information.
“He knows me better than anyone on the planet. We make a great team.
“We’ve always been together. We’re going to finish this out together. We have always been together, and here we are about to take on a massive, massive event.”
In response, Steward posted a slap-in-the-face emoji and said, “good luck with that,” as the reigning WBC champion made an astonishing switch.
He obviously didn’t know what was coming.
Not many in the sport understand how “The Gypsy King” could discard such a talented coach and bring in an inexperienced one for his next bout.
Tyson Fury vs Wilder tactics
Before Fury’s rematch with Wilder in February 2020, which Steward masterminded, the Kronk mentor spoke exclusively to World Boxing News.
“I don’t know exactly (if Fury should have got the decision). In my eyes, it was very close. The decision they made was a fair decision,” Steward told WBN.
“I believe in one thing, one thing only, if you get a knockout, it’s the only 100% sure way you know you’ve won the fight. That’s the way I was trained, and I’m a strong believer.
“Get the knockout; you don’t have to worry about the decision of the judges,” he added.
That was truly the case a few months later as Fury pummeled Wilder around the MGM Grand for seven rounds before taking him out.
Now, as Lowe comes in with zero knowledge of what it takes to be a top trainer, the next opponent may fancy their chances.
To be successful, Fury may have to ensure he gives a lesser opponent the voluntary opportunity so Lowe can adjust to the role.
A fight with Derek Chisora was the plan until a lukewarm response left Fury pondering an alternative opponent.
The views expressed in this article are the opinions of Phil Jay.