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Tyson Fury invites Man Utd legend Wayne Rooney to sparring session to prepare for Oleksandr Usyk

TYSON FURY fancies sparring Wayne Rooney in preparation for his Oleksandr Usyk undisputed decider.

The Manchester United and England legend was ringside at Wembley for the 34-year-old WBC Gypsy King’s one-sided defence against Derek Chisora on Saturday.

Wayne Rooney has been invited into the ring the heavyweight champion

Tyson Fury says he wants to spar with the Man Utd and England legend

The boxing-mad Scouser – who was infamously knocked out by fellow player Phil Bardsley in a friendly 2015 sparring session – hailed the Morecambe giant and put him forward for a knighthood.

And Fury responded by offering 37-year-old Wazza the chance to impersonate the 6ft 3in southpaw in the ring over a few rounds, ahead of their spring showdown.

Man United fan Fury told talkSPORT: “Wayne Rooney is a proper legend.

“I grew up watching him as a youngster for England and United. So, that’s an amazing speech from him.

“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!”

After dominating Del Boy over 10 hard-to-watch rounds, Fury called Usyk up to his ring and set-up their duel perfectly with some trash talk.

Away from the 60,000 fans he was more measured and complimentary about the London 2012 Olympic and undisputed cruiserweight champion.


And Rooney reckons Fury’s ability to batter opponents with one hand and hold the public in the palm of his other, marks him out for a special commendation.

“I think he’s an absolute legend for what he’s done for boxing,” Rooney said. “He’s entertaining, his skills are incredible, his mentality is incredible.

“If I’m being honest, I probably think he should be knighted because he hasn’t been afraid to go abroad, he’s won titles abroad, defended them abroad and he epitomises everything that boxing is.”

But Fury – who demanded to be withdrawn from the 2021 BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards – played down his nomination for a meeting with King Charles.

“As daft and bizarre as this might sound to people, I’m really happy with who I am,” Fury said.

“I’m the people’s champion. I don’t really need some accolade, award, or promotion to let me know who I am, what I do, or who I am inside. 

“I know that I don’t really need a claim to say, ‘Oh, he’s a Sir or he’s a whatever.’”

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What is the best way to practice boxing with no partner?

You can also watch professional boxing matches live on TV if you don’t have a partner and want to learn boxing. You can also find an amateur boxing gym near you. Amateur boxing clubs hold regular training sessions. These sessions often involve sparring partners who hit the pads together.

You can also use punching bags to practice boxing. Before hitting the bag, ensure that you are wearing gloves and protective gear.

What are the different types of boxing gloves?

There are three types: mitts (fingerless mitts), full-fingerered gloves, and mitts (fingerless mitts). Mitten gloves have padding around the knuckles. Fingerless mitts, which do not provide padding around the fingers but cover them, have no padding at the knuckles. Full-fingered gloves have padding throughout the entire hand.

Mittens are used for punching or hitting with the fist. Fingerless mitt gloves, also known as fingerless mitts, are used to punch or strike with the index finger’s knuckle. Full-fingered boxing gloves are used for punching with the whole fist.

What is the average time it takes to become a professional fighter?

Professional boxing requires dedication and years of hardwork. If you want to become a professional boxer, you’ll need to dedicate at least 10 hours per week to training.


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How to setup a Boxing Gym at my House

People who are looking to start their own business often ask how to set up a boxing club. People often ask what amount they should spend on equipment, what size space is needed, how many people do they need, etc. There are many factors that affect the cost of starting your own business. Some of these factors are location, type and number of employees, budget, competition, etc. But one thing that most people forget is the importance of having good equipment. You cannot begin if you don’t own the right equipment. These are some great tips for starting a home boxing club.

  1. You will need somewhere to train. It could be a garage, basement or spare room. Even the living room will work. Only thing is that the equipment must have enough space.
  2. You need a punching bag (or two). This is vital because you won’t have the ability to practice punches without it. It can be anything, from a lightweight plastic bag to an expensive leather bag. Make sure that it is big enough to fit you comfortably. You should also ensure it is durable and strong so it can last many years.
  3. You will need a mat. Matting is used for protecting floors and walls during kick practice. It is usually made of foam rubber. These can be purchased online or in-store.
  4. You will need a bench. A bench is used for support while performing pushups. They can be purchased online or offline stores. Make sure you get the right size.
  5. A speedbag is required. Speedbags allow you to make quick hand movements. They can be purchased from online or offline stores. Make sure that you buy a quality product which will last long.
  6. Headgear is necessary. The headgear protects your head during sparring sessions. You can buy it from either online shops or offline stores. Make sure you get something that fits and protects your face.
  7. Gloves are required. Gloves can be used to protect your hands while sparring. You can purchase them online or in-store. Choose a pair that suits your needs and style.
  8. A mouthpiece is necessary. Mouthpieces are used to protect your teeth during sparring sessions. These can be purchased online and offline. You should choose the pair that best suits you and your needs.
  9. A ring is necessary. Rings are used to simulate real fights. You can buy them online or offline. Make sure that it has padding on both sides so that you aren’t injured during sparring sessions.
  10. You will need a towel. To wipe away sweat after each session, towels are necessary. They can be purchased at local sporting goods store or online stores. They should be soft and absorbent.