Tyson Fury’s trainer reveals he will weigh in TWENTY POUNDS heavier for his trilogy showdown with Deontay Wilder… as he insists the Gypsy King will be ‘better and stronger’ than ever when he defends WBC title in Vegas
- Tyson Fury is set to meet arch-rival Deontay Wilder for the third time on Saturday
- WBC champ will weigh-in 20lbs heavier than in their last clash in February 2020
- Briton Fury claimed Wilder’s WBC belt with brutal seventh-round stoppage
- Trainer Sugar Hill Steward says Fury’s extra pounds can pay off in trilogy fight
- Steward insists Fury prepared fully for an opponent who has ‘improved so much’
Tyson Fury’s trainer has revealed the WBC world champion will weigh in 20lbs heavier for his trilogy fight with arch-rival Deontay Wilder, insisting the extra weight will definitely pay off in this weekend’s mouthwatering showdown.
Sugar Hill Steward says the Gypsy King is taking nothing for granted for the third installment between the bitter heavyweight rivals, believing American Wilder has improved greatly since Fury ended his five-year reign with a brutal seventh-round stoppage in their second fight in February 2020.
Their first fight at LA’s Staples Centre in December 2018 ended in a dramatic draw and they meet again on October 9 with Fury’s camp ready for everything Wilder can throw at them as he bids to regain his crown at the at T-Mobile Arena in Vegas.
Sugar Hill Steward (left) reckons extra weight will pay off for Tyson Fury (right) against Wilder
Fury will beef up by adding another 20lbs for his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder
Fury hit the scales at 273 lbs for his second bout with Wilder, 17lbs heavier than for their first encounter.
And Steward said of the 33-year-old’s projected weight heading into this fight week: ‘It’s not going to be 300lbs, it’s probably going to be like 290 or something but not 300 exactly.
‘Heavier than last time by 20lbs or so, why not? The bigger the better, the heavier the stronger. He’s training with that weight, he’s built up.
‘It’s not like he’s just putting on fat, it’s building up muscles. The bigger the better, the heavier the stronger.’
Steward, nephew of legendary boxing trainer Emanuel Steward, also claims Fury has kept a ‘fear factor’ heading into the fight to ensure he is fully primed for Wilder’s revenge mission in recognition of the clear danger the 35-year-old still poses.
Wilder was battered by Fury when losing his WBC belt last year, and is looking for revenge
He told Vegasinsider.com: ‘I have to consider everything. We’re preparing for the best Deontay Wilder that he can be.
‘Let’s just say he’s improved so much. You can’t go in there and think anything less. We’re preparing for him to come in at the highest peak of his abilities and that’s how we’re training and preparing – for the best Deontay Wilder.
‘There’s always that fear factor, you’ve got to have that. That’s what keeps you sharp. You have got to have that. That’s not to say you believe it always or you’re afraid of anyone, but to keep you sharp it’s a really important thing.’
Fury hasn’t fought since his last meeting with Wilder but Steward claims the Gypsy King has ‘something special missing’ inside that gives him the edge for these type of blockbuster events.
‘My uncle Emmanuel Steward talked about champions being built from the inside. I think he was talking about myself and Tyson Fury,’ Steward said.
Wilder is much-improved heading into his third fight with Fury, Sugar Hill Steward has warned
‘It’s a characteristic that you have inside yourself, built-in entirely, which makes you a champion – people that just don’t quit. It’s a combination of things. You have to be able to not quit, but you’ve also got to have a creative mind as well.
‘If stuff isn’t right, you gotta make it right and adapt. There’s not really one thing, you can’t put your finger on it. It’s a special combination of things built inside of someone that makes them a champion.
‘And also at the same time – you’ve got to have something missing. Something special missing inside that has emphasis somewhere else to make you a champion.
‘An old trainer once told me every great champion is kind of a bit crazy. It’s almost the same as a great artist who is somewhat kind of crazy – that has something missing somewhere – to give them the extra edge to be a great artist or a great champion.’
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