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Tyson Fury’s trainer SugarHill Steward backs Olympic silver medalist Ben Whittaker to reach the levels of Roy Jones Jr.


The man who helped Tyson Fury establish himself as boxing’s top heavyweight, SugarHill Steward, is confident his new student will rise to the top of the sport as well.

On Wednesday, Olympic silver medalist Ben Whittaker signed a professional contract with promotion company BOXXER, which will help guide his career alongside Anthony Joshua’s 258 management company.

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Joshua trains alongside Whittaker

SugarHill is the man responsible for converting Whittaker from an elite-level amateur to a seasoned professional.

The nephew of legendary boxing trainer Emmanuel Steward is confident his fighter will compete for national honors in all five fights.

“Anything the mind can conceive, it can achieve,” SugarHill told talkSPORT.

“So if that’s what he wants to do, it just takes the work to do it.

“There have been fighters whose second professional fight was for a world championship. So that he will fight for a British title is not unlikely.

Ultimately, Steward believes Whittaker is able to emulate the success of four-weight world champion and boxing legend Roy Jones Jr.

Tyson Fury’s trainer SugarHill Steward backs Olympic silver medalist Ben Whittaker to reach the levels of Roy Jones Jr.

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Tyson Fury’s trainer SugarHill Steward backs Olympic silver medalist Ben Whittaker to reach the levels of Roy Jones Jr.

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Whittaker, despite his silver medal, was not happy with the podium as he explained he only wanted gold


“He reminded me of coming out of the Olympics from amateur to professional with that star-studded quality, like a Roy Jones,” Steward said.

“Certainly he can top Roy Jones and some of the top athletes who came before him.

“This is probably one of the first times someone has spoken of Roy Jones in terms of someone coming out [of the Olympics].

“I see similarities in showmanship and his character outside of the ring and just his way with people.”

Whittaker lost gold to Cuba’s Arlen Lopez in the final in Tokyo.

Despite helping Team GB Boxing win its biggest medal in over a century, Whittaker was unhappy with what he perceived to be a failure and initially refused to wear his boxing medal. ‘money.

Tyson Fury’s trainer SugarHill Steward backs Olympic silver medalist Ben Whittaker to reach the levels of Roy Jones Jr.

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Roy Jones Jr is one of the greatest fighters of all time

Tyson Fury’s trainer SugarHill Steward backs Olympic silver medalist Ben Whittaker to reach the levels of Roy Jones Jr.

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Whittaker was left in tears after losing in the Tokyo Olympics final, despite winning silver

The lightweight will need to bring that mentality into the pro game if he is to come close to the achievements of Hall of Fame boxer ‘Captain Hook’

Jones Jr., who also won silver at the Olympics before turning pro, is considered by many to be one of the greatest fighters in history.

During his prime, he won multiple world titles at middleweight, super middleweight, and light heavyweight.

In 2003, he became the WBA heavyweight champion by defeating John Ruiz. Jones Jr. was the first former middleweight titlist to successfully move up to the heavyweight division.

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