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Wilder vs Fury 2: "It ain't no fun when the rabbit's got the gun"

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With only ten days until showtime at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, Javan "Sugar" Hill-Steward is busy making his final preparations with lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury at the Top Rank Gym.

The two men will attempt to hand the current undefeated WBC Heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, his first definitive loss as a professional.

Although the Gypsy King did almost score a huge victory at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, on December 1st, 2018,  Javan and Tyson will attempt to implement a seemingly more controversial strategy this time around; one that requires "hunting the proverbial hunter".

The knowledgeable fight trainer professes that "it ain't no fun when the rabbit's got the gun" in the ring.

"I love it," Javan 'Sugar' Hill recently stated to BT Sport. "I love the tactic change that Tyson wants the knock-out. We call it 'The Kronk Style' to go for the knock-out."

Javan insists the philosophy is his Uncle's established and proven recipe for success in the ring.

"Even if you don't get the knock-out, there's a great chance you're going to win, versus just trying to get a decision and falling short."

Hill-Steward argues a strategy "to win on points" paints a questionable picture in the minds of the judges at ringside and leaves too much to chance, as evidenced in the first meeting between his fighter and WBC titlist Deontay Wilder. It can appear at times that a fighter is merely trying to survive when facing an aggressive-minded puncher who consistently presses the action.

Javan believes in determining your own fate.

"The way I was 'drilled' was to get the knock-out.  That's just the way I was raised...to take the fight out of the hands of the judges.  You have two fists...let your own two 'judges' determine your fate. Not three people who are giving you their interpretation of what's happening in the ring."

"The only way to know 100% that you won the fight is to get the knock-out."

It's a philosophy that Emanuel Steward firmly believed in, and always professed until his untimely passing in October of 2012.

Dubbed "the trainer of champions" by most within the boxing community, the Detroit based mentor built an amazing legacy while cultivating fighters in the basement of the Kronk Recreation Center, which spawned a total of 50 amateur boxing champions, 30 world champions, and 3 Olympic gold medalists.

"Like the automotive industry was turning out cars, he was turning out champions from that little, small basement in Detroit.   He ended up training over 40 world champions.  I don't think anyone has over 40 world champions in the history of boxing."

Emanuel instilled a winning mentality in each and every one of his fighters. He knew that being cautious in the ring and not working to score a knock-out could often hinder a fighter's chances for victory.

"Yeah, it's a risky strategy to fight for the knock-out, but it's also risky to try and stay away," insists Javan Hill-Steward.

"When you try to stay away, sometimes that may be more confidence building for the other fighter. While you're staying away, trying to be extra cautious, your opponent is growing more confident as the fight goes on."

"When you're staying away and being extra cautious, you're ultimately not giving yourself the best chance to win."

Against arguably the hardest puncher in the heavyweight division and a fighter who is already brimming with confidence, that's the last thing Tyson Fury and Javan "Sugar Hill-Steward want to do.

The former Detroit PD officer believes working with Tyson is a continuation of Emanuel's passion and Steward's prophecy fulfilled.

"I believe this is something my uncle started in training Tyson Fury. I want to finish it up for him. I want to make his words come true once again." 

"Emanuel predicted a lot of things that have come to fruition.  He predicted a great fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder." 

"On February 22nd, Tyson Fury will score a sensational victory"

 
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