September 27, 2022

There have been some iconic trainer-fighter duos through the years, whether or not it’s Mike Tyson and Cus D’Amato or Muhammad Ali and Angelo Dundee.

Now, within the unlikely setting of Bournemouth Worldwide Centre, we may very well be about to witness the beginning of the subsequent nice fighter-trainer duo within the type of Olympic silver medallist, Ben Whittaker, and the person who guided Tyson Fury to his WBC heavyweight world title, SugarHill Steward.

Steward linked up with Fury earlier than his second combat with Wilder in 2020

After capturing the hearts of the British public on his option to the ultimate of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics within the gentle heavyweight division, Whittaker was overwhelmed on the final hurdle.

His response, regardless of being awarded with a silver medal, was dismay and he obtained a number of criticism, being labelled as ‘ungrateful’.

That’s not, nonetheless, how Steward perceived the state of affairs, although. As a substitute he appreciated what he noticed, as he thought it confirmed Whittaker’s successful mentality.

“[Steward] is a superb mentor,” Whittaker advised talkSPORT. “He’s not solely a coach he’s like a father determine, as a result of in the mean time my dad nonetheless works two jobs so he can’t be there and go in all places with me.

“However, Sugar’s has taken me beneath his wing and I really feel like I’m maturing not solely simply as a boxer however as an individual.”

Steward, coming from the long-lasting Kronk fitness center arrange, is understood for his capacity to show boxers into energy punchers, which is the precise reverse of Whittaker’s pure type.


Whittaker, despite his silver medal, was not happy on the podium as he explained he only wanted gold

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Whittaker, regardless of his silver medal, was not completely satisfied on the rostrum as he defined he solely wished gold

He likes to remain gentle on his ft and use his pace to such an extent that when he was a baby his mom wished him to be a dancer.

“She used to take me to ballet and ballroom dancing and all of these kind of issues,” Whittaker revealed. “However I’ve received twinkle toes so it will need to have paid off.”

It appears that evidently in coaching to date, Steward and Whittaker have discovered a cheerful medium, sustaining the Brit’s pure type, whereas implementing some Kronk values.

The Olympic silver medallist himself describes it as, “the identical outdated Ben Whittaker with an additional little bit of spice.”

Steward has been very impressed with Whittaker since taking cost, even evaluating the Brit to former boxing legends.

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“He’s just like a Roy Jones Jr kind fighter,” Steward advised talkSPORT.

“That form of pleasure however he can nonetheless get that knockout and he has character exterior of the ring and he’s only a good, nice individual to be round.”

Whittaker makes his debut on Saturday evening in Bournemouth towards Greg O’Neill (6-6-1) on the undercard of Chris Billam-Smith vs Isaac Chamberlain.

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