Tyson Fury Taps Josh Taylor as Sparring Partner in Preparation for Undisputed Bout Against Oleksandr Usyk.
As Tyson Fury gears up for his highly-anticipated showdown with Oleksandr Usyk on April 29th at Wembley Stadium, the reigning WBC heavyweight champion has brought in Josh Taylor to aid him in his training.
Taylor is a world-class fighter, but he is far too small to be a realistic sparring partner for Fury.
With only six weeks remaining to prepare for his historic fight, Fury has yet to connect with trainer Sugarhill Steward or assemble sparring partners.
Fury, who is known for making incredible statements in the lead-up to fights, announced on Instagram after completing his second session of the day that he had some important news to share. He stated that he would be bringing in his sparring partner, Josh 'The Tartan Tornado' Taylor.
“Second session of the day finished. Brutalized. Second session of the day,” Fury said on his Instagram story.
“I got some big, big, big news to announce. I’m about to bring in my sparring partner Josh ‘The Tartan Tornado’ Taylor.
“He’s coming in next week to start sparring for the b**** Usyk.
“Cannot wait. Training camp’s going fantastic.
“I can’t remember in recent memory ever having a better camp. Absolutely on fire.”
Former undisputed super lightweight world champion Taylor weighs more than 100lbs less than Fury and he is currently out of action due to an injury.
It appears that Fury is likely joking and making a reference to Usyk's smaller size, which he has previously criticized by labeling him a "middleweight." Negotiations for a Fury vs Usyk fight have been chaotic in recent days, but in his most recent Instagram post, "The Gypsy King" hinted that the fight is still on.
In the post, Fury stated that he had enjoyed teasing Usyk and his team but would now focus on his training camp and go on a social media blackout. He confirmed that the fight was set for April 29th, which he claimed was the biggest fight in British boxing history and the fight of the century. The two undefeated world heavyweight champions would be battling it out to determine the number one in the division, with the undisputed heavyweight championship on the line.
Fury concluded his post by wishing Usyk good training and hoping that the best man would win.
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