Inside Tyson Fury's training camp: How the Gypsy King has prepared for Dillian Whyte

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Tyson Fury stands quite literally head and shoulders above his fellow competitors, alone at the top of the heavyweight division. 

A certain unified champion in Oleksandr Usyk might just disagree, but after dethroning both Wladimir Klitschko and more recently Deontay Wilder, the Gypsy King is undeniably the man to beat in the land of the giants. 

But, while innately blessed with incredible powers of recovery, a spartan-esque mentality and freakish speed for a man who stands 6ft 9in tall, even Fury couldn’t do it alone.  

The WBC champion, 33, has been locked away in his Morecambe camp, stripping himself even of his typically outlandish social media duties as he prepares to take on mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte. 

Joined by trainer SugarHill Steward, who has played a pivotal role in transforming the Briton into the hard-hitting, come-forward fighter we see today, Fury has recruited a plethora of notable heavyweights as he builds towards the mammoth clash. 

Sportsmail takes you through a number of members from Fury’s massive team below, consisting not only of his hand-selected squad of sparring partners, but his personal chef, massage therapist and strength and conditioning coach.  

Tyson Fury has enlisted the help of a huge team in preparation for his fight against Dillian Whyte, with the likes of Joseph Parker (centre) and John Fury (top left) heavily involved

Tyson Fury has enlisted the help of a huge team in preparation for his fight against Dillian Whyte, with the likes of Joseph Parker (centre) and John Fury (top left) heavily involved

A largely silent Dillian Whyte has been in Portugal training for the biggest fight of his career

A largely silent Dillian Whyte has been in Portugal training for the biggest fight of his career

The core team 

We start with the core team, who play an instrumental role in getting the Gypsy King prepared for battle ahead. 

Fury in February packed up his bags, departed his home on the Lancashire coast and moved into his training house, largely maintaining a separation from his wife Paris and their six children as he embarked on an eight-week camp. 

Living in the house with him are father John Fury, brother Tommy, fellow heavyweight Joseph Parker, nutritionist George Lockhart and trainer Steward. 

John Fury 

John Fury is largely tasked with overseeing the operations in camp, though he also gets heavily involved himself. 

Seen out on runs with the squad, the former boxer is also regularly manning the pads for both his son, Tyson, and camp-member Parker, also routinely joining the squad runs. 

Tommy Fury 

Tommy Fury is also a fundamental member of the camp. He will be fighting on the same card as Tyson for the first time, as he makes his return to the ring against Daniel Bocianski. 

The light-heavyweight is also being trained by Steward, but Fury too is playing a major role in his development. 

The pair are still even sticking to the gruelling regime of pounding medicine balls into each other’s torsos, which Tommy insists was not the cause of the injury that saw him pull out of his fight against Jake Paul. 

Tommy Fury will fight on the same card as Tyson for the first time ever as he returns to the ring

Tommy Fury will fight on the same card as Tyson for the first time ever as he returns to the ring

Joseph Parker

Parker has become a core member of the Fury team in recent months and years. He first met Fury after defeating the Brit’s cousin Hughie in 2017 and they have forged a fruitful friendship since. 

The heavyweight actually stayed at Fury’s house, where he trained and used his sparring partners, prior to his first bout with Derek Chisora. 

He even left long-term trainer Kevin Barry for Andy Lee on the advice of Fury and has now become a full-time member of the WBC champion’s squad.  

Parker now trains with Fury on a daily basis, regularly seen body sparring with his heavyweight counterpart. He also works on the pads with John Fury, eats the same food, and works with both Fury’s strength and condition coach and masseuse.  

SugarHill Steward   

Without Steward, there is no Tyson Fury as we see him today. The Gypsy King has transformed from a back-foot boxer to an all-out aggressor since partnering up with the American. 

Fury left former trainer Ben Davison following his difficult victory over Otto Wallin in 2019, before bulking up massively under Steward’s guidance and claiming two stoppage victories over Deontay Wilder. 

Fury has transformed since partnering up with SugarHill Steward prior to his Deontay Wilder rematch

Fury has transformed since partnering up with SugarHill Steward prior to his Deontay Wilder rematch

The Gypsy King has since scored two emphatic stoppage wins over his long-term rival

The Gypsy King has since scored two emphatic stoppage wins over his long-term rival

Both of Fury’s camps with Steward have been in America, where he has fought for the last four years. With the impending bout in Wembley, Steward is now momentarily based in the UK. 

And the American, nephew of the late trainer and manager Emmanuel Steward, insists the game plan is once again to secure the knockout. 

‘We’re going for the knockout, get that knockout every time,’ he told BoyleSports Boxing. ‘First round, second, third, fourth, fifth, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11 and 12.’  

Andy Lee   

Andy Lee became Fury’s assistant coach in 2019, teaming up with head honcho Steward in the Gypsy King’s new-look team. 

The Irishman, a highly-accomplished former middleweight champion, is now the full-time trainer of Parker, who put in a scintillating performance against Derek Chisora last time out. 

Lee, an integral member of the camp, was absent last time out for Fury’s trilogy win over Deontay Wilder, with visa issues preventing him from traveling over to Las Vegas. 

He should be back among the team on April 23, however.    

Sparring partners  

Alongside the core team, Fury has brought in a number of sparring partners to help him prepare for the British blockbuster.   

David Adeleye

First up we have David Adeleye, who is also on the undercard as he takes on Chris Healey in his eighth professional outing. 

The young heavyweight is undoubtedly the least experienced of Fury’s sparring partners, having turned pro only in 2019 after signing with Frank Warren’s Queensbury Promotions following a successful amateur career. 

Undefeated heavyweight David Adeleye has once again been brought in for sparring

Undefeated heavyweight David Adeleye has once again been brought in for sparring

Adeleye has already shown he carries power, though, with seven stoppage wins in his eight outings. He has clearly made an impression on the Fury camp, having been drafted in ahead of the Wilder rematch in 2020. 

The 25-year-old will provide ideal sparring for the challenge of Whyte, also being 6ft 4in tall. 

Martin Bakole

Next up is Martin Bakole, who is developing experience aplenty as a top-level sparring partner. He’s also regularly been in camp with Anthony Joshua, and has mixed it with Oleksandr Usyk. 

The brother of WBC cruiserweight champion Ilunga Makabu, Bakole has 17 wins from 18 outings, with his sole defeat coming against Michael Hunter. 

Bakole, who is slightly taller than Whyte at 6ft 6in, also has a fight on the horizon, being his rescheduled bout against Tony Yoka on May 14.  

Jarrell Miller

The boxing world united in dismay after it was revealed that serial drugs cheat Jarrell Miller had flown over to the UK to spar Fury in preparation for Whyte. 

Miller has been serving a backdated two-year ban after failing a drugs test ahead of his bout against Jerry Forrest – having also tested positive for banned substances before his scheduled bout against Joshua just months prior. 

Jarrell Miller (right) and Martin Bakole (left) have both been used as sparring partners

Jarrell Miller (right) and Martin Bakole (left) have both been used as sparring partners 

The American, 33, will be able to return to the ring this summer, however, and has been testing himself against some of the division’s best since arriving at the Fury camp in March. 

He admitted that it hadn’t been an easy adjustment shortly after arriving, though, stating: ‘I got my ass kicked just a little bit today! It’s alright though – I’ve been off for a little while. Big Baby’s back!’ 

Miller’s promoter Dmity Salita is keen for him to be sat ringside on fight night, though that is yet to be confirmed. 

Jared Anderson (injured)

Jared Anderson certainly has a big future ahead of him, with Bob Arum revealing Fury believes the American will be the next heavyweight champion of the world.  

The 11-0 fighter was recruited as a sparring partner prior to Fury’s rematch with Wilder and has been the primary option since. 

Anderson was due to make his UK debut on the card against Christian Hammer, but he was forced to withdraw just three weeks out after suffering an untimely injury. 

Anderson won back-to-back National Championships as an amateur, and his injury was certainly a blow for Fury, who swiftly brought Miller into camp in his place.  

Maintaining top condition 

For Fury to put his all into each and every session, he needs to be in tip-top condition throughout – and that wouldn’t be possible without the right food, strength training or recovery. And that’s where the following come in: 

George Lockhart (nutritionist)

Up first we have Fury’s nutritionist, George Lockhart, who flew over to the UK on January 7 to feed the Gypsy King throughout camp. 

Lockhart, who has also worked with Conor McGregor, is another member of the team who was brought in prior to Fury’s second bout against Wilder. 

He prepares every single meal, not only for Tyson but also John and Tommy Fury, as well as Parker and Steward.  

Nutritionist George Lockhart insists Fury will shock the world when he weighs in beforehand

Nutritionist George Lockhart insists Fury will shock the world when he weighs in beforehand

Lockhart has travelled to the UK to feed numerous members of the Fury fight camp

Lockhart has travelled to the UK to feed numerous members of the Fury fight camp

Lockhart has Fury on a high-sodium diet ranging between 3,200 and 3,400 calories per day, seven days per week without exception. There are no cheat days, no cheat meals, nothing but clean food. 

The nutritionist tailors their food based on what workouts they are doing on any given day, with the biggest daily change being the make-up of the post and intra-workout shakes.  

Kristian Blacklock (strength and conditioning)  

An integral member of the Fury camp is Kristian Blacklock, who is in charge of strength and conditioning. 

Blacklock started working with Fury even before his 2015 win over Wladimir Klitschko, and he was key in the Brit’s near 10-stone weight loss after blowing up to over 400lbs following the victory. 

Blacklock’s involvement is crucial, particularly with Fury piling on the pounds in recent years as he used his brute force to topple Wilder.    

Matt Towey (massage therapist) 

Also included in the camp is Matt Towey, Fury’s massage therapist. 

Towey has also worked with Billy Joe Saunders and was introduced to Fury in 2019 by friend and training partner Isaac Lowe in the build-up to the Tom Schwarz fight. 

The pair have continued to work together since, with Towey responsible for stretching, mobility and sports massage.  

Fury has massage therapist Matt Towey working with him throughout camp

The pair partnered up back in 2019 ahead of his fight against Tom Schwarz

Massage therapist Matt Towey started working with Fury before his fight against Tom Schawz

The extended circle 

It’s not just the core members of Fury’s team who are around during fight camp, with a number of friends and training partners also present throughout.  

Isaac Lowe 

Long-term friend and training partner Isaac Lowe has also been in camp throughout, and he too will be on the undercard as he takes on Nick Ball in the featherweight division. 

And having kept an eye on Fury throughout, the 21-1-3 fighter insists the Gypsy King will get the job done in style. 

‘I see Tyson winning inside five, maximum six rounds, but I do expect it to be a bit of a shootout,’ he told talkSPORT. 

David Nyika

Also heavily involved throughout has been New Zealander David Nyika, who has been present right from the start of camp. 

The 26-year-old (2-0) turned professional in 2021 and made his UK debut in December last year on the undercard of Parker’s win over Chisora in Manchester. 

He’s been seen training alongside Fury and Parker throughout camp, exchanging punches on the heavy bag and shadow boxing with the squad. Some experience for a fighter so early in his career.  

Sonny Bill Williams

There was even a visit from Sonny Bill Williams in the camp, who trained alongside the regular members prior to his fight against Barry Hall. 

Williams won the fight by first-round knockout, and perhaps had a harder time in the Fury camp than the bout itself, with the former rugby player also having to endure the brutal medicine ball workout. 

Williams, now 9-0 as a boxer, embarked on the squad hill sprints, while also gaining valuable experience body sparring Fury himself. 

The 36-year-old subsequently stated it was Fury’s mentality that impressed him the most. 

Sonny Bill Williams trained with Fury in the build-up to his stoppage victory over Barry Hall

Sonny Bill Williams trained with Fury in the build-up to his stoppage victory over Barry Hall

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