Tyson Fury ‘loves being punched in the face’ – says sparring partner
Tyson Fury “loves” getting punched in the face, according to sparring partner Joseph Parker.
The Gypsy King has rarely been knocked down in his faultless 31-0-1 boxing career as he takes to the ring to face Dillian Whyte at Wembley on Saturday. His excellent footwork and quick reactions mean Deontay Wilder is one of the only men who has successfully rocked the 33-year-old to date.
But fellow heavyweight and training partner Parker thinks Fury actually relishes being hit in the face. Speaking ahead of Fury’s WBC title defence against Whyte, the Kiwi claimed Fury’s love of boxing means he appreciates even the grittier aspects of the sport.
Parker, who was previously beaten by Anthony Joshua, told The Sun: "Tyson loves boxing. Boxing is one of the things for him that he doesn’t feel like it’s work, he loves training every day and he loves to prepare for the fights.
"He loves being in the ring getting punched in the face and giving it back to his opponent."
Commenting on whether Fury will return to the ring in the future, Parker added: "He enjoys being in the ring. I think he is going to continue fighting because it’s what he loves."
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Fury will face a dangerous opponent in Whyte on Saturday, who was also formerly a sparring partner. But Parker, who lost to Whyte back in 2018 by unanimous decision, still backs the heavyweight champion to knock out his opponent before the seventh round.
He said: "Whyte is a dangerous fighter and he’s a handful for any heavyweight. His absence in the media, I think he’s put his head down. He’s been focused on his training with his team in Portugal.
"No one really knows what Dillian Whyte is going to bring to the table because he’s been really quiet. Everyone is interested in the fight but also interested to see what style he’s going to come with.
"I think between the mid-rounds Whyte’s going to get stopped. Maybe [in the] fifth or sixth round."
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