Joshua vs Parker: Tyson Fury will not be sparring Joseph Parker ahead of his unification fight with Anthony Joshua
By Tim Hobbs
Last Updated: 13/02/18 7:17pm
Tyson Fury will not be used as one of Joseph Parker's sparring partners as he gets ready for his heavyweight unification showdown with Anthony Joshua.
Parker's trainer, Kevin Barry, has revealed the former Ring Magazine world champion has offered his services when the New Zealander lands in London ahead of the March 31 showdown, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Joshua vs Parker on Box Office
Sky Sports Box Office will show the heavyweight unification from Cardiff on March 31
"Tyson put his hand up to help us in the last two weeks once we arrived," Barry told Sky Sports News.
"Really, two weeks out, we don't need to be getting in there with a 6ft 9in 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 and Parker became friends when the WBO holder came to Manchester and successfully defended his title against cousin, Hughie Fury, in September.
Parker will put his belt up against WBA 'Super' and IBF champion Joshua, at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff, with the winner becoming the first heavyweight to hold three of the four recognised straps since the 'Gypsy King' beat Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015.
Watch the Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker world heavyweight title unification fight, from Principality Stadium, Cardiff, on March 31, live and exclusive on Sky Sports Box Office.