A decade which began with Tyson Fury trekking to the United States for a ring education in the famed Kronk Gym will end revisiting his old roots.
The unbeaten top-rated heavyweight revealed plans to reunite with SugarHill Steward (nee Javan “Sugar” Hill), who will take over the training reins in his career moving forward.
“Getting the old team back up and running,” Fury (29-0-1, 20KOs) declared through his verified social media accounts on Sunday. “SugarHill Steward, Andy Lee, #kronkboysbackintown, LET THE GAMES BEGIN.”
News of the switch in head coaches came on the heels of a story first reported by BoxingScene.com senior writer Keith Idec, revealing overnight the breaking news of England’s Fury parting ways with Ben Davison, who joined the heavyweight’s team just one year ago. The two worked together for three fights, beginning with Fury’s infamous 12-round draw versus unbeaten heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder (42-0-1, 41KOs) last December in Los Angeles, California.
Fury has since added wins over Germany’s Tom Schwarz and Sweden’s Otto Wallin, the latter in which Davison was instrumental in keeping his fighter focused while fighting through a gushing cut over his right eye. The rising young cornerman was also credited with helping Fury shed excess weight gained from his three-plus year ring hiatus and getting him fighting fit for the first fight with Wilder.
Their split comes on the heels of a planned rematch between the unbeaten heavyweight behemoths, which is due to take place Feb. 22, 2020, with the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas as the most likely destination. Fury and Davison insist their parting ways came on amicable terms.
"Obviously it’s not gonna stop until there’s an answer," Davison noted on social media Sunday morning, amidst rumors of their split. "Tyson and myself had to both make decisions for our careers, which resulted in our working relationship coming to an end.
"HOWEVER, we remain friends and he will SMASH the DOSSER."
Fury and Wilder were due to square off in a sequel this past May, only for Fury to call an audible right as the deal was nearly finalized, as he changed course and signed with Top Rank Inc. and ESPN+, which has presented his last two starts.
Fury’s alignment with Steward draws shades of his venture to the U.S. more than nine years ago. A 21-year old version of Fury took in training sessions at Kronk Gym at the time under Emanuel Steward, the late Hall of Fame trainer whose list of clients included at the time then-unbeaten middleweight Andy Lee, Fury’s cousin who went on to capture a middleweight title.
Steward passed away in 2012, leaving his disciples to carry on his legacy. Included among that group is his nephew SugarHill Steward, who took over responsibilities for a number of fighters from the famed gym. The most notable of the lot was Adonis Stevenson, who captured the World light heavyweight championship in June 2013, dedicating the win and the balance of his career to the late and legendary trainer.
The involvement of others mentioned by Fury on social media—including whatever role, if any, will be played by Lee—remain unclear. Representatives for Fury did not respond to inquiries seeking comment or clarification as this goes to publish.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox