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Fury vs. Wilder 2: "No way in hell should AJ be sparring Fury," insists former champion

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Earlier this week, current WBO/WBA/IBF Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua spoke of his willingness to help rival British Heavyweight Tyson Fury prepare for his February 22nd meeting with the hardest puncher in the glamour division of boxing, Deontay Wilder, offering to momentarily join his team and spar with him in training camp.

News eventually got back to the self-proclaimed Gypsy King, and Fury was surprisingly open to the idea.

"Hi...this is Tyson Fury, aka the Gypsy King," the lineal Heavyweight champion stated via Instagram on Tuesday. "I've just seen a video of Joshua on Sky Sports saying he would love to come and help me in camp, that I would fight him quicker than Wilder...that's for sure."

"When I beat Wilder I will fight you AJ, no problem. I would love to have you in camp! Really, really love to have you in camp, workout for this fight to give Wilder a proper beating. I hope you mean it as I would love to have you in training camp."

"Thanks very much by the way, and well done in your last fight, congratulations...fair play."

Whether or not the biggest earner in the Heavyweight division was serious about temporarily joining Fury's training camp, it's an interesting prospect to see if a brief union would help or hinder the nearly 7-foot tall boxer/puncher's chances in defeating the current WBC titleholder.

Former Cruiserweight champion Johnny Nelson is sure the sparring sessions would help someone, but that "someone" wouldn't be Fury.

"If I were Tyson Fury's trainer, I'd say no way in hell is Anthony Joshua coming over to spar," the insightful Briton recently stated to Boxing Social.

"Because the only person who would benefit from that would be Anthony Joshua. Tyson Fury needs to concentrate on the biggest fight of his life, which is his next fight against Deontay Wilder."

"So why would you let a man that's potentially going to be your next opponent in the next twelve months or so come in to camp and see your strengths, see your weaknesses...see what you're good, see what you're not good at?"

Although sparring isn't an actual fight, Nelson does raise an interesting point. Why would a fighter allow an eventual and inevitable opponent the opportunity to see all of his habits, tendencies, and gym practices good and bad?

It would be like allowing a fox to enter the proverbial hen-house.

"But Tyson Fury really wants it," observes the current ringside commentator. "But any coach with common sense would say, No..that's not happening. Again the only person who would benefit from that right now would be Anthony Joshua."

Tyson Fury isn't a stupid man...he may be foolish and prideful at times, but he could never be labeled as a stupid fighter.

So why would Fury respond to Joshua favorably?

"Of course Tyson is going to say, 'Hey...c'mon down.' Because it's not me calling you a pu**y on air, and me not responding. So Tyson's got to respond, and I'm sure Tyson said he'd do it. But his coach is saying, No way...he's not coming."

So according to Nelson, Fury's response was merely an exercise in gamesmanship and nothing more. The undefeated fighter never had any intent to use AJ as a sparring partner in his preparation for Deontay Wilder.

One thing is certain; If Tyson Fury does tangle with Anthony Joshua anytime soon, it won't be as an opponent...at least not in 2020. Due to the Gypsy King's contractual obligations with Top Rank, Inc, he has three fights left with the Vegas-based promotional group, which will have to take place in America.

And both champions know that the great British fight fans deserve to see that fight live...not the Yankees.

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