Wayne Rooney agrees to spar Tyson Fury with Man Utd legend set to help heavyweight star prepare for Oleksandr Usyk fight | The Sun

TYSON FURY has revealed Wayne Rooney is "well up" for stepping into the ring to spar with the heavyweight world champion.

The Manchester United legend has accepted Fury's offer for the pair to trade blows on the canvas.


The Gypsy King, 34, will enlist the services of Rooney, 37, to help him prepare for his undisputed showdown with Oleksandr Usyk.

Rooney was ringside at Wembley to watch Fury ease past Derek Chisora at the start of the month.

Fury then invited Rooney to a spar with him in order to impersonate the 6ft 3in Usyk.

Boxing mad Wazza has agreed, and will spend four weeks in camp with United fan Fury before his blockbuster fight against the Ukrainian.

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Fury told ITV over the weekend: "I spoke to Wayne [Rooney] last night and he's well up for it. But he's a right-handed person, so he's got to switch up to be southpaw left-handed.

"So we're going to bring Wayne in for preparation for Usyk."

When asked if it was a joke, Fury responded: "No very very serious.

"He's agreed, so he's going to come into camp for around four weeks to help me."

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The Gypsy King added: "I'm a big fan of his."

Fury originally told talkSPORT last week: "He’s a massive boxing fan, he comes from a boxing family as well. 

"So, hopefully, we can have a little spar in the future sometime. 

"I do need someone smaller to prepare for Usyk. Wayne, if you’re listening, get on the blower, son!"

However, Rooney's previous boxing experience didn't end so well.

The DC United manager was infamously knocked out by fellow player Phil Bardsley in a friendly 2015 sparring session.

Rooney then celebrated a goal against Tottenham at Old Trafford soon after by shadow boxing and pretending to be knocked out.

Fury and Usyk are set to battle it out for the mantle of undisputed champion early in 2023.


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