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Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder: Will trainer switch prove to be a stroke of genius?

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On Sunday, December 15th, former lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury dropped a huge announcement on the boxing community that he would be working with a familiar face in his preparation for his upcoming rematch with Deontay Wilder, consequently parting ways with former head trainer Ben Davison.

Javan "Sugar" Hill Steward, nephew and protege to the late great Emanuel Steward, was declared the Gypsy King's new head trainer just two months before his return bout with the current WBC Heavyweight champion.

More than likely the decision to suspend his working relationship with Davison was mostly logistical in nature and not any kind of personal indifference.

Like most boxing trainers, Davison's client list doesn't begin and end with the former IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champ. So it's probable that the committed young fight trainer couldn't suspend his obligations with his entire roster of talent to exclusively work with Fury for two months in America.

But Fury fans need not worry about their favorite fighter's preparation for the biggest test of his career because the Kronk Gym legacy is a great decision and an intelligent maneuver for the outspoken fighter.

To those who aren't familiar with Javan "Sugar" Hill, the former Detroit police officer may be the best-kept secret in boxing.

Not only does the talented fight coach understand how to strategically prepare his fighters for the physical rigors of battle, Javan excels at the mental preparation it will take to be successful in a return match with the hardest puncher in the heavyweight division.

The Kronk Gym captain understands and specializes in exercising Steward's mastery of controlling range with a great jab and excellent footwork. It's the foundation of any proficient fighter's defense and gives a tall, rangy boxer/puncher like Fury the ability to set offensive traps for his opposition.

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The 47-year-old coach from Detroit is an extremely wise mentor, professing the same philosophies of the great Emanuel Steward, who had the uncanny ability to keep his entire stable of fighters emotionally grounded while exuding a healthy amount of confidence necessary for a resounding victory on the biggest stages of boxing. The intelligent boxing coach runs a camp exactly like his late uncle, even preparing his own meals and controlling the diet of his prizefighters.

Make no mistake, much of Fury's preparation for his upcoming "date with destiny" will be mental in nature...one could say, Tyson's move to work with Javan Hill Steward is like putting on an old shoe that still fits perfectly.

A lot like another protege of Steward's, Johnathon Banks, Hill-Steward doesn't try to change a fighter's winning formula and works extremely well with veteran fighters who already possess a winning pedigree. Javan's work should prove to enhance his superstar fighter's abilities, and not hinder them.

Although Fury's controversial decision to hire Javan "Sugar" Hill-Steward as head trainer will be criticized by many, it could prove to be just what the doctor ordered when a change was seemingly inevitable.

Will Tyson Fury's bold move prove to be a brilliant choice on February 22nd, 2020?

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