Tyson Fury has responded to an invitation from Joseph Parker to accompany him on his walk to the ring for the unification fight with Anthony Joshua.
Joshua and Parker will be vying to take another giant step towards becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on March 31st - the first time two reigning heavyweight champions have fought in the UK.
Fury became friends with the New Zealander after Parker's win over his cousin Hughie in September and, as part of the pre-match hyperbole, has backed WBO champ Parker to strip Joshua of his WBA, IBO and IBF titles.
Immediately after Tuesday's press conference in London, Joshua responded by welcoming the ring walk idea – providing Fury pays for his seat to watch the fight!
And now Fury has actually replied himself by revealing he will be unable to be in attendance for the clash, never mind join Parker on his walk to the ring.
But before boxing fans get too disappointed, interestingly, he did offer to help Parker’s preparations for the big fight by sparring with him.
Fury tweeted: “I’ve got a show on the night your boxing in England but if you want I’ll come spar you when your in UK training for the fight, it will help both me and you, you won’t find better sparing than me I promise you. Let me know pal?"
Fury is hoping to rejoin the likes of Joshua and Parker at the very top of the heavyweight scene later this year, having not fought since 2015.
The 29-year-old has applied for a new boxing licence but is already back in training with an eye on returning to the ring in April.
Parker has retweeted Fury's offer to spar with him so he has obviously seen it but a lack of reply - at least publically - means we are still unsure whether a sparring session will be organised.
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