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Gypsy King vs Gypsy Prince – Watch Tyson Fury and Paddy Donovan spar

He even trolled him Billy Joe Saunders David Lemieux style!

Paddy Donovan  [9(6)-0] is currently training in Morcombe, England, and is part of Joseph Parker’s camp ahead of the heavyweight’s showdown with Joe Joyce, which tops a September 24 card Anthony Cacace challenges IBO super featherweight champion Michael Magnesi on.

Indeed, Parker has said, the Limerick southpaw is the best thing about Morcombe.

The pair are training under the watchful eye of former middleweight world champion and current coach Andy Lee and does so at Tyson Fury’s gym.

The WBC heavyweight champion of the world has been around camp, meaning ‘The Real Deal’, who will provide commentary for Eric Donovan’s EU title challenge on TG4 next week, has got to spend time around a fighter whose character is as big as his frame.

The Top Rank starlet has shared some Fury encounters on social media, the latest of which was some sparring footage.

Obviously, the heavyweight and welterweight didn’t go at it full throttle and the spar was on the body kind – but it’s still an interesting watch.

Donovan isn’t the only Irish prospect to share the ring with the former Irish heavyweight champion of late. ‘The Hitman’ Stevie McKenna, who pretended to southpaw to get some rounds with Vasyl Lomachenko and claims to have got the better of Ryan Garcia in a spar, moved around with the heavyweight champion of the world in April of 2021 – and claims he took a lot from the session.

He [Fury] called me into the ring and showed me a few things,” McKenna told Sky Sports. “I got to learn from Tyson.

“He’s a great man and it was unbelievable, sharing the ring with him, and him teaching me some new things.

“He was telling me to use my long reach and keep the lead hand out to distract the opponent and keep them off you. A bit [like] what he does. When he’s out of range, keep his lead hand out.”


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