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Inside Tyson Fury’s training camp for Oleksandr Usyk fight as he reveals sparring partners including ‘next Mike Tyson’

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The sparring partners drafted in to help Fury become undisputed champion have been revealed

TYSON FURY is leaving no sparring stone unturned with a handful of top-quality lefties preparing him for Oleksandr Usyk.

The planet’s No1 southpaw cruiserweight Jai Opetaia has had to leave the Riyadh camp as he now has a fight on the February 17 undercard and needs to prepare specifically for his rematch with Mairis Briedis.

But Team Fury is still brimming with unorthodox talent from all over the world.

Including Britain’s most exciting prospect, the South African underdog who almost knocked out giant Daniel Dubois and a huge unbeaten Canadian.

 

Tyson Fury’s sparring partners

Alexis Barriere

From: Canada

Age: 28

Stance: Southpaw

Record: 11-0 (9KOs)

The least famous member of the new Fury fraternity but an eye-catching shape and early record.

The 6ft 4in Quebec puncher turned pro in 2021 and has raced into double figures and a healthy number of early finishes.

Barriere only boxed out of Canada a couple of times – as a raw amateur and a pro – but already looks at home among the Traveller clan in Saudi Arabia.

The heavy-handed unknown is one inch taller than Usyk but usually boxes close to the same 16st the Ukraine icon prefers since moving up from cruiserweight.

Despite struggling to make a huge name for himself, so far, Barriere has done sparring rounds with established names like Filip Hrgovic and Oscar Rivas.

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Kevin Lerena

From: South Africa

Age: 31

Stance: Southpaw

Record: 30-2

The Johannesburg tough guy would be forgiven for hating British boxers after his cruel loss to Daniel Dubois in December 2022.

The visitor – boxing DDD on the undercard of Fury’s trilogy fight with Derek Chisora at Spurs – almost pulled off a sensational upset.

Cherry picked as a warm-up opponent for Dubois to prepare for Usyk, Lerena was supposed to pose a few problems and collapse.

But he clipped Dubois around the temple and the loss of balance and belief sent him to the canvas three times in the opening rounds.

Then trainer Shane McGuigan did a superb job in helping Dubois recover and he scored a stoppage win in round three.

Lerena bounced back with two wins last year and is the perfect size and stance to imitate Usyk.

His heavy hands and solid resolve will also make him an ideal training partner for Fury to work alongside.

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Moses Itauma

From: England
Age: 19
Stance: Southpaw
Record: 7-0

What sort of 19-year-old dreams of fighting Tyson Fury for Christmas? This special one.

In September the freakishly talented teen told us: “I know everyone wants to see the Fury vs Usyk fight for all of the belts but I only really want it so I hopefully get the chance to spar Tyson.

“I’m no help with the Ngannou fight but I do think I am ideal for Usyk so hopefully I get to go soon and learn from him.”

Thanks to manager Francis Warren, Itauma is in Riyadh right now imitating all the skills and threats that Usyk poses to the Gypsy King, while preparing for his eighth professional outing on the undercard.

With Opetaia now removed, Itauma has probably been promoted inside the ranks, too.

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It will be a magnificent learning curve for the Kent wonderkid – who has been made mandatory challenger for the English title and plans to reign after the Fury-Usyk-AJ era winds down.

The rest of Team Fury

Kristian Blackblock – Strength and Conditioning coach

Greg Marriott – Nutritionist

Matt Towey – Sports Massage Therapist

Prince John James Fury – Son

Issac Lowe – Training Partner and Cousin

Jelena Mrdjenovich – Former WBC female super featherweight champion and training partner

Joe McGuinness – Undefeated featherweight prospect