Fury and SugarHill Steward '100 per cent serious' about training AJ

‘It is NOT a joke’: Tyson Fury’s trainer SugarHill Steward insists the offer to train Anthony Joshua for his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk was ‘100% serious’ – because they still want Brits to contest ‘biggest fight in the sport’

  • Anthony Joshua triggered his rematch clause with Oleksandr Usyk after defeat
  • The Brit lost his WBA, WBO and IBF belts to the Ukrainian in September
  • Tyson Fury offered to train with Joshua ahead of the rematch early next year
  • Fury’s trainer SugarHill Steward insisted the offer was ‘not a ruse or a joke’

Tyson Fury’s trainer SugarHill Steward has revealed that the Gypsy King is ‘100 per cent serious’ about his offer to train with Anthony Joshua ahead of his rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.

Joshua lost his WBA, WBO and IBF belts to the Ukrainian southpaw in September but he exercised the rematch clause in his contract as he is eager to regain his heavyweight titles in a second bout that is likely to take place in the spring. 

Looking ahead to the rematch, Fury sensationally offered his services to his fellow Brit to ‘teach’ him how to beat Usyk.

Anthony Joshua (right) triggered his rematch clause after he lost to Oleksandr Usyk (left)

SugarHill Steward (right) insisted he and Tyson Fury (left) would train with AJ for the rematch


Joshua didn’t appear to take the offer seriously, questioning if Fury was looking for a ‘quid or two’.

‘Yeah lovely mate, if he takes no money for it. I don’t know if he’s after a quid or two. He’s more than welcome to come through the doors, he can even spar with me as well,’ Joshua said to iFL TV. 

But Steward claimed that Fury is ‘100 per cent serious’ about his offer as they want him to defeat Usyk.

Joshua lost his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles to the Ukrainian southpaw in September

Speaking to iFL TV, Joshua said Fury was ‘more than welcome to come through the doors’

‘We are 100 per cent serious about helping Joshua in camp. We want him to defeat Usyk, for a start, because we want to see Fury against Joshua, and so do all the fans of boxing in the world,’ Steward told talkSPORT.

‘It is not a ruse or a joke, we would happily help Joshua because he is capable of beating Usyk in the rematch, and this is nothing new. In the old days, all boxers travelled to different gyms for assistance. This is a sport, and we have to think of it as a sport.

Steward claimed Fury’s camp ‘would happily help Joshua’ as they want him to win

‘Never forget that when heavyweight boxing is strong, the whole of boxing is strong. The biggest fight in the sport is Fury versus Joshua, and we all know what that would do for the sport with the two of them fighting for the undisputed crown. It couldn’t be bigger.’ 

The offer came ahead of Fury’s trilogy fight win over Deontay Wilder last month and he insisted that alongside Steward they can formulate a game plan to defeat Usyk. 

AJ’s loss to the Ukrainian has derailed a potential unification bout with Fury and as a result, Britain’s wait for a first-ever undisputed heavyweight champion in the four-belt era will now continue until, at the very earliest, summer 2022. 

Fury was disappointed after Usyk relieved Joshua of his belts, leading to their mega-fight being delayed.

‘Usyk did his job well and good luck to him. I’m not saying much about Joshua because I don’t like beating up on people when they’re down,’ Fury said.

‘Was I p***** that he lost before our big fight? Yes I was. But if he’s going to get revenge he’s going to have do something very different in the rematch.’ 

Fury retained his heavyweight title after defeating Deontay Wilder (left) in spectacular style

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