Moses Itauma, the talented 18-year-old heavyweight, fears that he may be a curse on the division after Anthony Joshua, Daniel Dubois, and Joe Joyce all lost their bouts following sparring sessions with him. Despite his concerns, Itauma hopes to secure a spar with Tyson Fury as he continues to make waves in the boxing world.
Sparring Sessions and Losses
Itauma, who boasts an undefeated professional record of 5-0, was brought in to spar with Joshua and Dubois ahead of their fights against Oleksandr Usyk. Similarly, Joe Joyce sought Itauma's assistance in his preparations for back-to-back bouts with left-handed fighter Zhilei Zhang. However, all three London fighters ended up losing their contests. As a result, Tyson Fury now sits atop the heavyweight division, ready for a potential match against MMA star Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia.
Fury vs. Usyk and Itauma's Hopes
Itauma is hopeful that a Fury vs. Usyk fight will come to fruition, as this could provide him with an opportunity to spar with the WBC Gypsy King. Expressing his desire to learn from the best, Itauma stated, "I don't know if I am bad luck or if I'm leaving them with a bit of trauma, but I hope it doesn't stop me from getting invited anywhere else."
The Rise of Itauma
Itauma's rise is reminiscent of Daniel Dubois' emergence in 2017, fueled by rumors of him flooring Anthony Joshua in sparring during their Team GB days. In a similar fashion, Itauma has garnered praise from notable fighters like Lawrence Okolie, Joshua, Joyce, and Dubois who have all acknowledged his talent. With each sparring session, Itauma gains valuable experience and skills, hoping to reach the same level as those who invite him to train with them.
Will Itauma ever get a chance to spar with Tyson Fury? Only time will tell if these training sessions will yield positive results for the young heavyweight.