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Johnny Nelson reveals sparring with a young Tyson Fury

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As the dust final settles on what was an incredible fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, ending in a points draw, talk moves over to a rematch between the two.

The WBC has sanctioned a rematch between the two heavyweights following the draw, but a date and venue is yet to be agreed upon.

Fury has spoken out about his desire to fight at Old Trafford, meaning Wilder would have to cross the Atlantic this time to defend his belt.

Wilder will be aware that a rematch with Fury in the UK would probably be the hardest fight of his career, especially after the Gypsy King took the current WBC heavyweight champion all the way in their previous fight.

And Johnny Nelson has spoken out about how good the contender is, and what a massive task Wilder faces after revealing he actually once sparred with Fury towards the end of his career - even if no one believed him after revealing it.

Nelson was approached by iFL TV for his thoughts on a rematch to which the former world cruiserweight champion said: "Tyson Fury will probably not get hit like that again from Deontay Wilder."

"When Tyson came on the scene at the back end of my career I sparred with this big unit and for the weight of him and everything I couldn't hit him, I could not hit him." 

Much to the surprise of the interviewer, Kugan Cassius responded: "That's madness you sparred with him?... Did you make that up?" 

Trying to continue his story of sparring Fury, Nelson continues: "This big guy, how has he figured it out? His dad is shouting 'Go on get him!' and he stopped and said: 'You get in here and get him!'

"And I thought thank god you eased off a bit because I could not get him... if he doesn't want to get hit he won't get hit.

"I'm slippery but him coming to our gym and me not being able to hit him I'm thinking: 'Thank god that's over' he is slippery, very very slippery.

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury

"I didn't think he hit hard I just think he was annoying."

Despite the story being so unbelievable to those around Nelson, it is clear to see how highly regarded Fury is around boxing, and what a major task Wilder faces if he wants to retain his belt in a rematch next year.

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