Anthony Joshua’s protege Lawrence Okolie to spar Tyson Fury in US and help plot downfall of AJ’s heavyweight rival Deontay Wilder
- Lawrence Okolie sparred with Anthony Joshua before Alexander Povetkin fight
- 25-year-old is unbeaten cruiserweight and will try to mirror Deontay Wilder
- Tyson Fury has invited Okolie into his training camp in Big Bear, California
- Okolie said: ‘It’s going to be interesting in there with someone so much bigger’
Anthony Joshua’s protege Lawrence Okolie will jet out to the US to spar with Tyson Fury as preparation for the ‘Gypsy King’s’ showdown with Deontay Wilder.
Oklie, unbeaten at cruiserweight, sparred with Joshua before his fight with Alexander Povetkin and will now work with AJ’s heavyweight rival.
Fury has his training camp in California and believes Okolie can mirror Wilder’s unorthodox style.
Tyson Fury is to spar with Lawrence Okolie in preparation for the Deontay Wilder fight
Okolie is Joshua’s protege and sparred with him before his fight with Alexander Povetkin
Okolie told Sky Sports: ‘I think it’s getting confirmed today or before the end of the week. I’ll probably go out next week, help out for a few weeks.
‘I’ve sparred with another heavyweight champion in Anthony Joshua, I’ve sparred with Dillian Whyte, so I’ve been in there with top heavyweights.
‘It’s just going to be interesting to be in there with someone so much bigger than myself.
He added: ‘He’s got a long reach, good boxing IQ, so it’s going to be a great opportunity to learn some stuff, and just work.’
Okolie is looking forward to learning from Fury when he flies out to spar with the heavyweight
The 25-year-old is learning all the time and clearly sees the value in mixing it with world class talent, picking their brains.
At 6ft 5in with a record of 10 wins, seven by knockout and no defeats, the Londoner has already won the British and Commonwealth titles at cruiserweight.
But he’s keen to move up to heavyweight after honing his skills in the lower division.
‘I’m able to get away with a lot of stuff as a cruiserweight that I won’t be able to get away with as a heavyweight, so we’re just going to work on it,’ he said.
Fury has slightly more than one month to put the finishing touches to his preparations for Wilder on December 1.
Deontay Wilder lies in wait for Fury and the ‘Gypsy King’ is training hard in preparation
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