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  • April 18, 2021

Exclusive: Tyson Fury first sparring partner for Anthony Joshua revealed as ‘Austrian Bull’ Aleksandar Mraovic

 Exclusive: Tyson Fury first sparring partner for Anthony Joshua revealed as ‘Austrian Bull’ Aleksandar Mraovic


Tyson Fury is sparring with ‘Austrian Bull’ Aleksandar Mraovic as he remains in training ahead of the potential undisputed fight with Anthony Joshua this summer.

The rival heavyweight champions have signed contracts to meet this year, but are yet to agree a site deal necessary to finalise to contest.

Mraovic has been sparring with Fury

Aleksandar Mraovic – Instagram

Mraovic has been sparring with Fury

It appears most likely that he was brought to the gym to help Parker get ready for Chisora

Aleksandar Mraovic – Instagram

It appears most likely that he was brought to the gym to help Parker get ready for Chisora

Regardless, AJ has already started his training camp and will soon head up to Sheffield to link up with head trainer Rob McCracken.

It’s rumoured that Fury could head to Las Vegas for his full camp, but he’s currently ticking over at his gym in Morecambe.

Fury’s head trainer SugarHill Steward remains out in America and so he is under the guidance of assistant coach Andy Lee.

This means that he is training alongside Lee’s new student – former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker.

Fury often spars without a headguard

Aleksandar Mraovic – Instagram

Fury often spars without a headguard

Mraovic was delighted with the experience

Aleksandar Mraovic – Instagram

Mraovic was delighted with the experience

Parker has seemingly recruited Mraovic as a sparring partner to prepare for his bout with Derek Chisora on May 1.

And, while he was there, the ‘Austrian Bull’ did some rounds with Fury.

Mraovic is a 24-year-old amateur boxer from Vienna, Austria.

He has previously shared the ring with emerging pro heavyweights Solomon Dacres and Guido Vianello.

Hearn is under pressure to finalise the fight

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Hearn is under pressure to finalise the fight

Giving an update on the site deal, AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky: “At the end of this week both fighters and the teams will be presented with all the offers and options on the table, which there will be multiple ones.

“There will be around three or four offers presented to both camps this weekend and then it’s over to them and the teams to discuss which one we want to take.

“Two fights this year. It is a summer fight. That’s everything we’re working towards and as confident as ever that this gets done.

“I know that there are some negative people out there and people that believe we can’t pull it off, but we spend a lifetime pulling things off, and I believe we will get this done, and I believe you will see this fight in the summer.





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