Pundits, fans and his own father have claimed Tyson Fury is ‘declining’ and now his trainer has responded.
This recent talk came off the back of Fury’s last performance against Francis Ngannou. Until then, many viewed him as the best heavyweight on the planet and a pound-for-pound contender.
He had brushed aside all challenges from his first world title-winning fight with Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 to his epic trilogy with Deontay Wilder in which he took a draw and two big knockout victories via more routine wins over Derek Chisora and Dillian Whyte.
However, former UFC champion Francis Nagnnou managed to push Fury hard across 10 rounds despite it being his boxing debut. He scored a knockdown and Fury never quite got hold of the fight as fans expected.
Next up is the biggest fight of his career when he faces Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed crowd on February 17, though Usyk’s manager has accused Fury of ‘playing around’ instead of training.
Speaking to Boxing King Media, Fury’s coach Sugar Hill Stewed has responded to claim his legs have gone.
“Everybody has their own opinion. Somebody is always going to have something negative to say. Even when Mike Tyson was knocking everybody out he had criticism. There is always going to be criticism in life and everything you do. Simple as that for me. I don’t think about it too hard.”
He was then asked about how the fight with Usyk might go.
“I like knockouts. It’s always the plan. Simple as that.”
Should Fury manage to knock out the former undisputed cruiserweight king and now undefeated and unified heavyweight champion, it would be ultimate proof Fury is still at his very best.