Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte: Joseph Parker reveals what he has learned from the Gypsy King

  • Tom Ward
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Joseph Parker has reflected on what he has learned about himself from training with Tyson Fury.

The New Zealand heavyweight has spent the past few weeks living at home with Fury and his coach SugarHill Steward, who arrived in Morecambe last month to oversee the remainder of the Gypsy King’s camp for his WBC and Ring Magazine heavyweight world title clash at Wembley Stadium, after masterminding his latest victory over Deontay Wilder in October.

Parker is arguably enjoying the second wind of his career after back-to-back victories over Derek Chisora, having recently linked up with new trainer Andy Lee last year.

The former world champion explained it was Fury himself who recommended Lee in the first place which led to him switching trainers.

Speaking to GiveMeSport.com earlier this week, Parker said: “When I first decided to leave my old trainer, I called up Tyson.

“I said, ‘Hey, I’m looking at leaving Kevin, I’m looking at going with this trainer, is he good or can you suggest someone?’

“He said, ‘I’ve got the best guy for you’.

“That’s how me and Andy hooked up.

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Joseph Parker is coming off two consecutive wins over Derek Chisora.

“And I think Andy, he said to me that Andy is not just a trainer or a pad holder, he is a teacher.

“And when I started working with Andy I could see why he suggested for me to train with Andy.

“Because of his own experience of boxing, I think Andy knows the ins and outs of fighting in the ring, and when he teaches, he teaches with passion, and he teaches with detail.

“So I guess Sugar is Tyson’s main coach, but then Andy is just a compliment of what Sugar does, and he’s always there for Tyson.”

Parker, who has previously fought Whyte before, has been a part of Fury’s inner circle for a number of years now.

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Tyson Fury shares a laugh with Joseph Parker

Asked if he has discovered anything new about himself in the process, he replied: “That’s a good question.

“Training with Tyson and Andy, I’ve learned that I can pick up on things quite fast, and that there’s way more that I am able to give boxing and give my career, but I just haven’t tapped into it yet.

“I guess with this new team and this new environment I’m going to show that I have got a lot more to give this sport.

“When you’re training as a team and pushing each other and helping each other, everyone’s going through the same thing.

“When you’re doing it by yourself, it’s a lot harder.

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Joseph Parker is the former WBO heavyweight world champion

“Obviously I’m there, there’s Tyson, there’s Isaac Lowe, there’s Tommy, there’s Andy, there’s Sugar, there’s John Fury – it’s a big group of people.

“It makes it a lot easier for us to push each other and help each other.

“We’re like one big family really.”

The New Zealander, 30, formed an unexpected friendship with 33-year-old Fury after fighting his cousin Hughie Fury in 2017.

But he revealed that conversations between the pair had actually been going on long before that.

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Parker also recalled when he met Fury for the first time at a press conference to promote the fight.

He continued: “My first memory of meeting Tyson was we were communicating on social media from about 2014 onwards.

“He was watching what I was doing in New Zealand and I was watching what he was doing in the United Kingdom.

“I was supporting him all the way through to the [Wladimir] Klitschko fight, even during his downfall and, you know, what he went through.

“My first experience of meeting him was when I fought Hughie Fury in 2017 at the press conference.

“From there, he showed a lot of respect, and he said in the press conference that he was always supporting me and what I was doing over on the other side of the world fighting tough opponents early on in my career.

“And at the press conference, we got up and gave each other a big hug, and there was mutual respect.”

BT Sport Box Office will show Fury v Whyte exclusively live on Saturday 23rd April from 6pm. For more information go to bt.com/sportboxoffice

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