A spine tingling clip comparing the corner work of the late Emmanuel Steward and his nephew Sugar Hill has been circulating on social media.
The first video shows Kronk legend Emmanuel geeing up Lennox Lewis after the fourth round of his 2002 fight with Mike Tyson, imploring Lewis – through the of some colourful language – to step up the pace and push for the stoppage.
The second clip shows Sugar Hill, twenty years on, adopting a similarly explicit approach in Tyson Fury’s corner for his trilogy contest with Deontay Wilder last year. Sugar’s voice could have easily been mistaken for his uncle’s as he motivated Fury through potentially the toughest fight of his career.
The compilation was shared by Fury on his official Twitter account and clearly resonated with fans, receiving over 16,000 likes.
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) October 15, 2021
Emmanuel Kronk headed the Kronk dynasty up until his death in 2002, training a host of world champions. Lennox Lewis, Tommy Hearns and Wladimir Klitschko are names that barely even scratch the surface of talent that passed through the famous Detroit gym’s doors over the course of four decades.
Sugar Hill took the reigns after Emmanuel’s passing, taking on a host of his uncle’s former fighters including the likes of Adonis Stevenson and Anthony Dirrell.
Lineal heavyweight champion Fury went under Sugar Hill’s tutelage ahead of his 2020 rematch with Deontay Wilder, in the hopes the Kronk Style would turn him from a slick mover to a wrecking ball.
The decision from Fury proved to be an astute one, as he bludgeoned Wilder from pillar to post before the American’s corner through in the towel in round seven.
Fury has since gone from strength to strength under Sugar Hill’s guidance, stopping Wilder once again in their trilogy bout in 2021 before delivering a highlight reel knockout of Dillian Whyte at Wembley earlier this year.
Few would argue the Fury – Sugar Hill link up is more than carrying on the Kronk legacy and the style pioneered by the great Emannuel Steward.
Fury now faces Derek Chisora in a trilogy on December 3rd, hopefully serving as a tune up clash before an undisputed fight with Oleksandr Usyk next year. You can follow all the latest Fury – Chisora 3 news on Boxing Social.