Steward Promises ‘Secret KRONK’ KO Power For Fury
Detroit’s KRONK Gym alongside the 5th Street Gym in Miami, Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, and Cus D’amato’s Catskills hideaway are known for developing world champions and are cornerstones of the boxing world.
Tyson Fury looks to tap back into that history on February 22nd, as he enlisted KRONK’s leader SugarHill Steward as his trainer for his rematch with Deontay Wilder for the WBC world heavyweight championship.
Steward, who replaced Ben Davison as Fury’s lead trainer, believes the mystique of the famous Detroit gym along with the tips and tricks he passes along to the former world heavyweight champion will give Fury the much-craved win over Wilder inside the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
‘We’re going to give him that punching power. It’s a Kronk secret. The Kronk style produces knockouts,” Steward told Boxing Scene “He wants to be more of a well-rounded fighter, and that’s why I was brought in … He’s elusive, and not getting hit is one of his greatest attributes. The art of boxing is to hit and not get hit.”
“The two fighters will not need much of a feeling out process,” said Steward of the two men who first met in December of 2018. “They are not intimidated by each other. Two of the elite fighters in the world looking for the score-settling win … He seems to be in a happy place now. Staying in the gym and training is his rescue. It’s therapeutic.
“I don’t need a therapist to help me train my fighter,” Steward said in regards to Fury’s public battles with mental health and a sports psychologist reaching out to him. “It’s part of my job to be in the fighter’s head as well. I know what makes him laugh, sad and cry.”