Tyson Fury’s trainer, SugarHill Steward, has confirmed that the heavyweight champion is capable of getting ready for a potential fight with Oleksandr Usyk on April 29, but will have to train extra hard to be ready for the challenge.
Fury’s handlers have been in talks for weeks to secure an undisputed showdown with the WBO, IBF, IBO, and WBA champion, but negotiations are still ongoing, and there are details that need to be worked out.
The World Boxing Association has now ordered both sides to present signed contracts by April 1, or they will order Usyk to make a mandatory defense against WAB ‘regular’ champion Daneil Dubois. This makes the April date less likely to come off as planned.
However, Steward believes Fury is capable of getting ready in time. “It’s a short bit of time, but I believe Tyson has the ability and the physical attributes to handle the situation,” he said in an interview with Sky Sports.
Fury has indicated that his strategy will be to knock Usyk out. Steward confirms that a knockout win will be their overall goal in the fight. “Absolutely. The gameplan is always a knockout. It’s setting it up, using certain punches, certain movements to make your opponent move into that knockout punch,” he said.
Steward further explained that setting up knockouts requires watching the opponent and making adjustments. “Every fight is adjustments and watching what your opponent does and making adjustments. It’s not just one gameplan ever. It’s seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, 12, 13. We’re only doing 12 rounds but you’ve got an extra one in the bag always,” he said.
Fury’s potential bout against Usyk has generated a lot of excitement in the boxing world, with many eagerly waiting to see who will come out on top. Fury is known for his exceptional boxing skills, while Usyk has a reputation for being a tough opponent.
If Fury is able to get ready in time, fans will be treated to what promises to be a thrilling fight. And with Steward in his corner, Fury will have the support of one of the best trainers in the business, who will be working tirelessly to help him achieve his goal of knocking out Usyk.