Barry Explains Issues With Fury Sparring With Parker

Even though Joseph Parker appreciates the offer of Tyson Fury to help him prepare for Anthony Joshua, the timing may be off according to Kevin Barry.

According to Boxing Scene, Barry, who acts as Parker’s trainer, spoke with Sky Sports and Fury offered his services as a sparring partner during Parker’s time in the U.K. prior to Parker’s March 31st battle with Anthony Joshua.

Parker lives and trains from Las Vegas and will spend the last two weeks of his camp in the United Kingdom prior to his fight in Cardiff, Wales at Principality Stadium.

“Tyson put his hand up to help us in the last two weeks once we arrived,” Barry said. “Really, two weeks out, we don’t need to be getting in there with a 6-feet, 9-inch Tyson Fury! Tyson’s a great friend of our team and we appreciate all the support he gives us, but that just doesn’t work out for us.”

Fury’s friendship began with the WBO champion, while Parker was in Manchester, England for a title defense against Hughie Fury, Tyson’s cousin

“Tyson Fury’s a great guy,” Parker said during an interview with Radio Live, “but with all due respect to him, I don’t think it’s the right person to spar because he moves around well for a big guy and he doesn’t come forward. And he’s a lot taller. So I think Kev and our team have done some research and we found guys that we think [don’t] have everything Joshua has, but each of them have bits that we can see or help us prepare for what he brings.


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