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

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The man who helped Tyson Fury establish himself as the best heavyweight in boxing, SugarHill Steward, is confident his newest student will also reach the pinnacle of the sport.

On Wednesday, Olympic silver medallist Ben Whittaker signed a professional contract with the promotional company, BOXXER, who will help guide his career alongside Anthony Joshua’s 258 Management company.

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Joshua trains alongside Whittaker

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

The nephew of legendary boxing coach Emmanuel Steward is confident his fighter will be competing for domestic honours within five fights.

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

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

“There’s been fighters whose second professional fight has been for a world championship. So, him fighting for a British title is not unlikely.”

Ultimately, Steward believes that Whittaker is capable is emulating the success of four-weight world champion and boxing legend Roy Jones Jr.

SugarHill has become one of the most sought after boxing coaches

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SugarHill has become one of the most sought after boxing coaches

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

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


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

“Definitely, he can reach the pinnacle of Roy Jones and some top athletes that have come before him.

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

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

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

Despite helping but the Team GB Boxing to their biggest medal haul for over a century, Whittaker was not happy with what he perceived to be a failure and initially refused to wear his silver medal.

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

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

Whittaker was left in tears after losing in the final of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, despite winning a silver medal

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Whittaker was left in tears after losing in the final of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, despite winning a silver medal

The light-heavyweight will need to carry that mentality into the pro game if he wants to get anywhere close to the accomplishments of Hall of Fame boxer ‘Captain Hook’

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

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

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

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