Sunday, December 21, 2014

Bob Arum Race-Baiting UFC To Disagreement: Quote Spotlight



"For me, I look at the UFC audience and the boxing audience as being two different audiences entirely. Our audience in boxing is ethnic, hispanic, Filipino, Puerto Rican, Mexican and the hardcore boxing fans who can't watch, like me, who can't watch UFC. UFC are a bunch of skinhead white guys watching people in the ring who also look like skinhead white guys."

~Bob Arum, in 2009 interview with Ariel Helwani for FanHouse. The interview is at Yankee Stadium for Manny Pacquiao VS Miguel Cotto press conference.

Ariel Helwani, maintaining class as the interviewer:

"Well, I take offense to that, just because I'm a person who covers the sport. I'm not a skinhead. I'm actually a Jew. I'm not a white guy."

Mr. Bob Arum, J.D., ladies and gentlemen, on Boxing VS UFC. What on earth can you say? All class, as usual. Incidentally, if you click on the link, he doesn't sound. . .let's say particularly enthusiastic about promoting a Mayweather/Pacquiao match. He also refers to Mayweather as a "head case," says UFC fighters roll around like "homosexuals" and implies that the prevalence of tattoos in UFC is basically not for boxing fans, despite the abundance of tattooed boxers. Of course, nonsense. But, that goes without saying. It's Bob Arum!


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Saturday, December 20, 2014

BGB's Classic Boxing GIF's Page: Spotlight On Us




This page is your ultimate reference list to our links for classic boxing GIF posts. The requirement for it being classic is that we've posted it. You've been warned. Find all your favourites by alphabetical order for forums, Facebook, downloading, etc. Thanks for stopping by, please bookmark and share if you enjoy what we've done so far.


A:

Ali, Muhammad:



Muhammad Ali thinks you're crazy, reaction GIF's.

Muhammad Ali Mocks & Destroys Jimmy Savile

Muhammad mock fights with Sylvester Stallone

Muhammad Ali surprises Sylvester Stallone
Muhammad Ali Kayos Alien


Ali is scolded by Ruth Buzzi

Ali is mercilessly beaten by Ruth Buzzi

Ali walks through town, clapping

Ali and Wilt Chamberlain compare hand size for Howard Cosell

Ali and Cus D'Amato demonstrate Ali VS Frazier

A very young Muhammad Ali points with a false caption to call BS  

Muhammad gets the phone hung up on him in promo with Joe Frazier

Muhammad pats his hair and thanks you with a real caption

Muhammad Ali kisses Olympic medals

Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston try to psych each other out at weigh-in

Muhammad kissing hands with man in Ivory Coast

Muhammad Ali Rubs Earnie Shavers Head!

Muhammad Ali Clowns With Jimmy Young at Weigh-in



Arguello, Alexis:

Aaron Pryor tries to psych out Alexis Arguello

Arreola, Chris:

Chris Arreola kisses his opponent after stopping him

Atlas, Teddy:

Teddy Atlas Shoves George Foreman, is calmed down by Michael Moorer


Augustus, Emanuel (aka Emanuel Burton):

Emanuel Augustus double-punching and dancing against Ray Oliveira



B:


Baer, Max:

Max Baer with Joe Louis and Lou Costello in friendly interview

Maxie gets dully pounded by the jab


Briggs, Shannon:

Shannon Briggs going mental on Transporter 2

Shannon Briggs gets crazy at weigh-in with Roberto Duran!


Broner, Adrien:

Adrien Broner shares his face-peeling trauma with the people

Adrien Broner Dances With Marcos Rene Maidana

Bruno, Frank:

Jimmy Savile drops pants on This Is Your Life for Frank Bruno, who feels his legs

Tim Witherspoon hams it up at the weigh-in for his match with Frank Bruno

Bute, Lucian:

Bute watched Edison Miranda mug then knocks him out with an uppercut

Butler, James: 

James Butler assaults opponent Richard Grant after Grant is given a decision victory over him


C:


Camacho, Hector (Senior):

Hector in headdress boogies before the Pazienza match begins

Chambers, Eddie:

Eddie Chambers and Tyson Fury fist bump


Charles, Ezzard:

Ezzard Charles eats a nice headbutt by Rocky Marciano

Chavez, Julio Cesar: 

JCC does his superman punch



Chuvalo, George:

George Chuvalo is smacked right across the face. And he takes it.


Cobb, Tex (Randall): 

Tex Cobb licking a poor bride on TV series Highlander

Tex Cobb with amazing rabbit punch combination, referee doesn't care

Cotto, Miguel:

Cotto dodges punches and lifts opponent Oktay Urkal over his shoulder

Cotto surprises Brendan Shaub



D:

D'Amato, Cus: 

D'Amato plays Joe Frazier for Muhammad Ali

Dempsey, Jack:

Jack Dempsey and Jess Willard dance together as older gents

Duran, Roberto:

Duran showing off his legendary jump rope athleticism

E:

F:

Foreman, George:

Teddy Atlas Shoves George Foreman, is calmed down by Michael Moorer


George and Hank Hill shake hands

George Foreman laughs and claps with the real caption that he enjoyed that

George Foreman threatens Bill Cosby and takes his shirt off.




George Foreman punches Joe Roman while down





Foster, Bob:

Bob Foster knocks Mike Quarry out cold


Frazier, Joe: 

Frazier with a real caption hangs up the phone while smiling

Joe laughing and smiling with the real caption saying he loves it

Joe Frazier in a promo hanging up the phone on Muhammad Ali

Frazier licks his chops


Johnny Carson Fights The Odds: GIF Spotlight

Johnny Carson Demonstrates Speed Bag Work For Joe Frazier: GIF Spotlight


Froch, Carl:

Carl Froch in a captioned and uncaptioned reaction GIF telling you to stop talking




Fury, Tyson:

Tyson Fury and Eddie Chambers fist bump
 

Tyson and David Haye laugh together. Well, sort of together.

Tyson and Hughie Fury play Batman and the Joker for Wladimir Klitschko

Referee Marcus McConnell shh's Tyson Fury


G:

Gatti, Arturo:

Arturo jumping for Doctor Margaret Goodman after stoppage loss

Gausha, Terrell:

Terrell with a blistering four-punch combination to end Cesar Vila

Golota, Andrew: 

Conan O'Brien really tempts fate as he throws his crotch around at Andrew Golota

Golovkin, Gennady:


Golovkin dances "Mexican Style"


Golovkin teaching light heavyweight prospect Sullivan Barrera some lessons 


Gonzalez, Roman:

Roman Gonzalez puts a towel to his opponent's bleeding eye.


H:

Hagler, Marvin:

Marvin Hagler Fears Your Driving


Hamed, Naseem:

Naseem somersaults over the ropes with a caption to let forum-goers know he's entered the thread

Prince Naseem Hamed Shadow Dancing

The Prince Pumps

Haye, David:


Tyson and David Haye laugh together. Well, sort of together.
David Haye trains with fake Klitschko jab

Hearns, Tommy:

Tommy Hearns has a double-knockdown with Jay Snyder


As Tommy Hearns talks about fighting Ray Leonard again, Ray Leonard rests his head gently on Tommy's shoulder


Holyfield, Evander:

Evander is healed by televangelist Benny Hinn

Evander Holyfield, for when you're so into Christmas: Reaction GIF Spotlight 

Holyfield video game intro


Hopkins, Bernard:

Bernard Hopkins stares down Don King at a weigh-in, after years of animosity

Hopkins quietly sits down and waits.

Bernard Hopkins does push-ups for Jean Pascal during fight

Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal do push-ups after rematch

I:

J:


Jennings, Bryant: 

Bryant Jennings kayos Bowie Tupou with an uppercut.

Jones, Roy:

Roy celebrates stopping Merqui Sosa, while Sosa shoves the referee in anger

Judah, Zab:

Zab throws his stool in anger while being restrained by father and security guards.

Zab Judah uppercuts himself in the face

K:

King, Don: 

Don King gets stared down by Bernard Hopkins

Don King and Bob Arum laughing together in an interview.

Don King is very happy to agree with you!




Klitschko, Vitali:

Vitali takes opponent Kevin Johnson's sunglasses, and he threatens to de-pants him.

Vitali fights in kickboxing match in Japan at the age of 22

 
Klitschko, Wladimir:

Wladimir Klitschko shakes his head in disgust during a Chris Cornell music video

Wladimir dances in a sea of school children

Klitschko dances from a commercial with a false caption that haters gonna hate

Klitschko gets picked up and bum-slapped by an Eli Dixon early in his career

Klitschko scores highlight reel kayo with an orthodox stance right hook on Cody Koch

Klitschko sends Ray Austin out of the match with four quick left hooks to the head.

Klitschko gets knocked down for the first time against journeyman Steve Pannell

David Haye trains with fake Klitschko jab

Klitschko's jab against Brewster, Wach, Peter and Povetkin

Klitschko knocks Tony Thompson out twice, putting him into the same position

Wladimir Klitschko's 3 knockdowns on Charles Shufford

Tyson and Hughie Fury play Batman and the Joker for Wladimir Klitschko


Kovalev, Sergey:

Sergey Kovalev does suggestive pelvic thrust move on Nathan Cleverly

Sergey Kovalev's crude and rude gesture to the Welsh people


L:
 

Leonard, Ray:

Ray does celebratory somersault after stopping Ayub Kalule

Leonard almost obnoxiously resting his head on rival Tommy Hearns' shoulder

Two GIF's of Ray Leonard annihilating Dave "Boy" Green

Ray Leonard is murdered by Treat Williams

Sugar Ray Leonard KO's Al Bundy

Lewis, Lennox:

Lennox Lewis' debut KO via a jab against Al Malcolm

Lennox Lewis teaches Deontay Wilder how to jab


Liston, Sonny:

Muhammad Ali and Liston try to psych each other out at weigh-in

Sonny Liston VS Davy Jones: Sonny in choreographed fight with Davy Jones

Sonny Liston in sauna, releasing so much steam you can't see anything

Sonny gets a smooch from a little girl and grins

Liston in playful spar with a little boy

Liston menacingly wags his finger at the police


Lopez, Ricardo:

Ricardo Lopez puts down over-matched Myung-Sup Park with left hook

Ricardo Lopez flattens Rocky Lin with left hook

Louis, Joe:

Joe Louis wrecks Lee Ramage with one shot

Louis and Max Baer with Lou Costello




M:


Marciano, Rocky:

Rocky slips in a nice headbutt on Ezzard Charles

Marciano in an interview shows his short reach off with a real caption




Mayweather, Floyd (Junior):

Floyd can't find what he's looking for in the cupboard

Floyd with a real caption for what it takes to be the victor

Young Floyd Mayweather demonstrates blitzkrieg check hook knockout against Edgar Ayala

Floyd Mayweather Junior Merges With Matrix Villain During Phillip Ndou Fight

Floyd Mayweather Junior's straight right hand to the body (two gifs) against Sharmba Mitchell

Miscellaneous: 

Leonard Nimoy in bizarre choreography knockout

Leonard Nimoy Gets Pounded by jab

Leonard Nimoy teaching how to hit a speed bag

Eddie Cantor looks on in tense anticipation of Joe Louis VS Joe Walcott I

Little Mac and Doc Louis HARD WORK! GIF

Count out GIF, woman celebrates and counts along

The Three Stooges Video Game Clip

The Three Stooges' Curly Gets Punched after the old 'look over there' trick.

Blind Ugandan boxer hits referee. From a real news story.

Greg Jackson gets hit with tremendous knockdown punch in winning effort

Abner Mares scores official knockdown over Joseph Agbeko with low blow, referee Russell Mora stares directly at it and blows the call

Cletus Seldin, Johnny Garcia and Tony Chiarantano have blatant elbow action



Moorer, Michael:


Teddy Atlas Shoves George Foreman, is calmed down by Michael Moorer

N:



Nelson, Johnny:

Johnny Nelson laughing

Johnny Nelson looking disgusted and shaking his head

Norton, Kenny:

Kenny Norton knocks out Gary Coleman.

Joshua, Anthony:

Anthony Joshua smacks referee Ian John-Lewis with a left hook

Kevin Johnson checks Anthony Joshua's heart. He's satisfied.

O:

Ortiz, Victor:

Vic tells you he'll see you at the finish line in a music video

P:

Pacquiao, Manny:

Manny Pacquiao is held hostage at scissorpoint on sitcom.

Manny Pacquiao practices his fake punching for Funny or Die

Pacquiao looks off-camera and breaks up laughing

Palomino, Carlos:

Carlos Palomino on the Taxi sitcom, knocking down Tony Danza.


Peter, Samuel:

A very odd spectacle of a comeback KO from The Nigerian Nightmare

Povetkin, Alexander:

Alexander Povetkin embraces Manuel Charr after kayoing him

Alexander Povetkin Knocks out Mike Perez


Pryor, Aaron:

Aaron Pryor psychs out Alexis Arguello



Pulev, Kubrat:

Kubrat Pulev clowns and gets disgusted after being knocked down by southpaw slugger Joey Abell



Q:

R:

Robinson, Ray:

Ray Robinson in a musical montage, clowning with friends


S:


Santana, Francisco:

Santana makes highlight reel history for ESPN'S Friday Night Fights with his left hook kayo over undefeated and untested Kendal Mena.


Sosa, Merqui:

Roy Jones Junior celebrates stopping Merqui, who is anti-celebrating by shoving the referee in anger





T:

Terrell, Ernie:

Ernie Terrell Sings To Muhammad Ali on Hollywood Palace

Tyson, Mike:

Mike Tyson Punches Bonecrusher After The Bell: GIF Spotlight

Mike Tyson makes Trevor Berbick stumble all over the place in left hook knockout

Tua, David:

David Tua viciously KO's John Ruiz after Larry Merchant assesses them as fighters

Tunney, Gene:

Gene Tunney gives a demonstration to troops in Auckland, New Zealand, 1943.


U:

Usyk, Oleksandr:

Usyk makes sure his hair is still pretty while fighting

V:

W:




Ward, Andre:

Andre Ward batters Edwin Rodriguez with a power jab





Wilder, Deontay:

Deontay Dances. A lot.

Deontay is taught how to jab like Lennox Lewis, by Lennox Lewis

Deontay makes a Godzilla effigy


Willard, Jess:


Jack Dempsey and Jess Willard dance together as older gents


Williams, Robin:

Robin shows his amazing defense as Popeye

Witherspoon, Tim:

Tim Witherspoon hams it up at the weigh-in for his match with Frank Bruno


X:

Y:

Z:



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Friday, December 19, 2014

Teddy Atlas Shoves George Foreman: GIF Spotlight






In the above GIF, Teddy Atlas gets in George Foreman's face and shoves him, in the lead up to 1994's Michael Moorer VS George Foreman bout. George would take the heavyweight championship of the world from Teddy's fighter to become a two-time champion and the oldest heavyweight champion of all time. Michael comes in behind to try and calm Teddy down. George, cool as a cucumber, tells Teddy during this to "Go get me a sandwich and sit down." How long would Big George have remained cool if they hadn't calmed Teddy down? I do not know. I think Teddy was getting very close though.




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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Another Friendly Arum Quote Reminder...Oscar De La Hoya, on Mayweather VS Pacquiao





"We know Pacquiao wants the fight. We know Mayweather wants the fight. That's a given, you know, and Bob Arum is coming out with this nonsense that Richard Schaefer is not even involved with Mayweather, you know, it's ridiculous, now, what Bob is talking. You know, everybody wants the fight- except Bob Arum. He doesn't want the fight. What's the problem? Let's make it happen."

~Oscar De La Hoya in 2011 interview with Fight Hub.

Does anyone else find it odd that De La Hoya said both fighters want the fight and Arum doesn't, in 2011? Does anyone else find it odd that this is exactly what Alex Ariza said while working with Pacquiao in 2011 and exactly what Ariza reiterated while working with Mayweather in 2014? Me, I find it odd.



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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sonny LIston VS Davy Jones: GIF Spotlight






Sonny Liston annihilates Davy Jones during the trippy 1968 film "Head".


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Ernie Terrell Sings To Muhammad Ali: GIF Spotlight



Jack Benny introducing Ernie Terrell: "Win or lose, he's a fellow who's going to do alright. Because, besides belting out his opponents, he also belts out a very good song."

Winner of a major heavyweight championship and nearly fifty professional boxing contests, word has it that Ernie Terrell has passed away. Here he sings on The Hollywood Palace, in a taunting song to Muhammad Ali, in 1967, ahead of their February bout in that year. Terrell and Ali's verbal dispute carried into the ring as part of boxing lore in the colourful "What's my name?" story. Of course, this was only a piece of the career Terrell had, as a member of the World Boxing Hall of Fame. Ernie was a fine fighter and a multitalented man. Our condolences to his friends and family.


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Sonny Liston in the crazy 1968 film "Head" starring The Monkees.



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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Johnny Nelson, for when it's funny: Reaction GIF Spotlight


Johnny Nelson in interview with iFL TV's Kugan Cassius, laughing during a bit of back and forth teasing.

"Do you have any idea how politically incorrect you're being right now?"

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Gausha On Display: Terrell Gausha VS Cesar Vila



The setup: 

2012 Olympian from Cleveland, Terrell Gausha, undefeated as a pro, takes on fellow prospect Cesar Vila on the opening ESPN2 bout for their nice card in Temecula, California.

The action:

While there were times when Gausha was muscled back, smothered a bit, caught while stationary with his guard, leaving a nice target for a big swing from his Cesar Vila, it's nitpicking with this excellent prospect. He put on a good performance with good action for his television audience. Gausha's offense was so pretty last night I think there could've been a novella called "Terrell Gausha's punches and Shawshank Redemption" by Stephen King.

He may have room for improvement when a guy is putting the pressure on, but he also walked Cesar Vila, a gritty foe, onto plenty of left hooks and right uppercuts as he came in. Here and there, Gausha worked a stiff-arm maneuver on Vila without him knowing quite how to deal with it, getting measured and kept in place with that left and smacked with the right. Jack Reiss, in his discretion, didn't have much to say about that, as many refs don't. When Vila did his best to drag Gausha into a fire fight, particularly before he he had Gausha on the ropes, he got battered more and more up to the time of the stoppage. It's not many young fighters that can land sweat-flying jab/straight right combinations from so close, the way Terrell did. Blistering, short, sharp, accurate, and while under intense aggression.

The ending:

With a big lead and in the zone Gausha stood in front of Vila and fired two rapid one-two's for a four-punch demolition. The way Vila hit the deck and the wide lead seem to have been the decider for Referee Jack Reiss to go ahead and call it immediately, though in the eighth and final round. There was a protest in the corner that was censored by ESPN. They weren't happy. I believe I heard Jack say first "I seen enough, man." and then "Hey, look at the score cards." to the corner. The stoppage was a little questionable, partly because Vila was ready to get up and continue and it was called before he had a chance to try and show Jack Reiss this, and partly because it was nearing the final bell. I can neither strongly agree nor disagree with it. I understand Jack's stoppage, I think, and I understand also why the corner was upset. I guess that's why being a referee means always knowing that you'll never please everyone, but you might at least keep someone well enough to fight another day. Gausha KO8 Vila.

What it means to me: 

While I have plenty of time for complimenting Gausha, I've got some for Vila too. He was not technically in Gausha's class but that is not to say he doesn't have class. I will not be at all surprised if I see Vila come back from this one. He landed more than a couple bombs, didn't allow himself time to be discouraged in getting the worst of the action and went out on his shield, he can come back better. He is 28-years-old and clearly has a fighter's heart and mentality. Gausha's stock didn't rise so much as his experience did. Eight more pro rounds in the books, still remaining an excellent prospect and a very good choice for any channel that wants to have him on the card. Fox, ESPN, even Showtime seem to know he's a good pick when available. The guy is good TV and a well-schooled threat.


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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Quotes About Clinching: Richard Steele Delights Marv Albert





"One thing a lot of people don't understand, you know, when a guy is holding, if his tactic is to throw a combination and to hold, that's his fight plan, you know. Providing that he is not holding so much that he is interrupting the other guy, or, you know, making the fight a bad fight, there's not too much you can do. But a lot of people don't understand that, you know, when there is holding, that means that a person is holding, but the other person, most of the time, is allowing him to hold."

~Richard Steele, the fifteenth of May, 1987, discussing the controversial and unsatisfactory match between Ossie Ocasio and Dwight Muhammad Qawi, which he'd refereed. The interview actually took place after both the Ocasio fight and the following match between Evander Holyfield and Ricky Parkey (a significantly more fan-friendly affair), on the Showtime channel.

This match was one of those matches that the commentators want someone to pay for after being forced to watch it. Richard Steele threw up a roadblock for Marv Albert in the post-fight interview, by saying he basically had no problem with the scoring and there wasn't much more to be done about the clinching. It was a funny interview in a way, with Albert clearly and fruitlessly wanting Steele to echo his sentiments, and an interesting take on clinching from a professional referee and former fighter. With regard to Steele's easygoing scoring opinion, basically saying the judges know best, Marv Albert actually said "You're kidding me." Steele gave Albert no quarter in his passivity. He didn't even give him a penny. He rolled right over his prodding in polite and unassuming fashion. He was almost controversial by way of trying not to be controversial.



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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Reminder Now That Both Are Unscheduled Again...Alex Ariza On Bob Arum



"Arum said 'The media is like a dumb rock. You just kick it in any direction you want. They'll believe anything you say.' "

"This fight is not happening because of Bob Arum."

"Don't get me wrong. Manny truly wants to fight Floyd, and I know Floyd wants to fight Manny."

"I know it's not going to happen because that was always the agenda. Make sure that Manny doesn't fight Floyd. Michael Koncz, Bob Arum, do not want that fight to happen, have never wanted that fight to happen." 

~Alex Ariza, in September 2014 interview with Fight Hype


From this fairly recent interview, Alex Ariza states, just as he did while still working with Manny Pacquiao in a November of 2011 interview, also with Fight Hype, that Bob Arum is a "greedy pig" and essentially goes on about how Arum deliberately blocks this fight from happening. If you aren't familiar with these interviews, for however many grains of salt you choose to take them with, at least read the 2011 interview and watch the 2014 interview I've linked to, to hear what Ariza has to say. In deciding whether to catch these interviews, perhaps also keep in mind the old Cus D'Amato quote "When Bob Arum pats you on the back, he's just looking for a spot to stick the knife." That's a quote that can also be found in quite an impressive list of quotes on Bob Arum in Thomas Hauser's The Black Lights: Inside the World of Professional Boxing. Who do you believe about this issue? I don't know if we should put any faith in the words of Alex Ariza. But I do know that putting faith in the words of Bob Arum is like putting your morning coffee in a colander. You can do it. You might try, if you're in a particularly festive mood, but I don't know if it will leave you with much.




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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Tyson Fury's Sparring Profile: A Sparring Partner Reference List




This page is designed to be as complete as possible a reference list and guide to the sparring of Heavyweight Contender and European Champion Tyson Fury as can be found. It is part of our broader project, the main page list for finding sparring partner history, to be found here:



Who Were Their Sparring Partners? A Boxing Reference List For Research Purposes

 


1. Michael Sprott:
Source: Yahoo/Eurosport

2. Dillian/Dellian Whyte:
Source: Yahoo/Eurosport

3. Eddie Chambers:
Source: British Boxers

4. Steve Cunningham:
Source: British Boxers

5. Anthony Joshua: Joshua was an amateur. Tyson says: "He came out at me for three rounds and he give me a beating. I'm not going to admit-or deny it. He give me what for, hell for leather, for three rounds. I thought 'Oh, my God, the amateur's killing me.' " and "I don't mind telling anyone that he beat me up in sparring."
Source: Tyson Fury, in interview with Steve Bunce, in or before 2010.


6. Robert Helenius: Helenius mentions this as for his bout with Gbenga Oluokun, in March of 2010.
Source: East Side Boxing

7. Mike Perez:
Source: ESPN, quoting Mick Hennessy, 2011

8. Carlos Takam (unverified): For his called-off rematch with Dereck Chisora, this sparring was scheduled but I have not verified it taking place.
Source: Sky Sports

9. Ola Afolabi: James Ali Bashir mentions seeing Ola and Tyson box each other in one of Wladimir Klitschko's training camps. He says they had a "furious pace" going and he thought Afolabi started to get the better of it when they pulled Fury out. He said it was exciting to see them spar.

Source: James Ali Bashir, in a BaylorIC interview with Ingram Jones (a great interview). March 09, 2013

10. Nathan Cleverly: Cleverly's father and trainer Vince Cleverly said "He has handled heavyweights in sparring like Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora, and they have hit him with their best shots and not moved him." Vince said this in the lead-up interviews for Nathan's defense against Sergey Kovalev.
Source: ESPN

11. Hughie Fury: Tyson's cousin, Hughie, has mentioned sparring Tyson several times.
Source: Boxing Scene

12. Malik Scott: Scott mentioned in an interview with Elie Seckbach, that he was impressed with Tyson Fury when he sparred him, adding that Tyson busted both of his eardrums in their sparring and then took him out for dinner, apologising. Malik added that if Fury got a fight with Wladimir Klitschko, another of Malik's many sparring partners, he'd have to pick Fury.
Source: EsNews

13. Didier Bence:  For his match with Neven Pajkic.
Source: Boxing Ireland

14.  Arfan Iqbal: For his match with David Haye (scheduled but did not take place). The training took place in Belgium and Iqbal had this to say:
"I was there for three-and-a-half weeks, but it feels longer when you spar Tyson Fury every day. We sparred four rounds every day and it was tough. . .When I first got there his reactions were slow, but when he sharpened up he had great speed and movement. I didn't expect a guy who stands 6ft 9ins tall and weighs 18 stones to be so fast and mobile."

Fury referred to Iqbal as his "secret weapon" in training for Haye.
Source: Yahoo! Sport

15. Rico Verhoeven: Rico is a kickboxer who says he met and sparred Fury first three years previous to his interview, helping him prepare for Wladimir Klitschko. He's glowing about Fury's abilities in the ring and his movement and stamina for a big man, and ability to switch stances. He claims Fury closed both of his eyes wearing headgear during their sessions. He also claims Fury's camp made several Dutch kickboxers quit in sparring and that they weren't used to anything like it and couldn't handle it.

Source: Manchester Evening News

Other sparring notes:


1. Tyson was quoted in a Q & A session with Ring Network as saying: "From as soon as I began boxing as a teenager, I've been able to handle men who were double my age and had double my experience. At age 15, 16, I was sparring pro heavies and, mentioning no names, 'owning' British cruiserweight champions."
Source: Fight Network

2. For Tyson's match with Dereck Chisora, in greatly uncommon fashion, when Chisora initially postponed the match on account of injury, his own sparring partner volunteered to step in and save the date. This was Alexander Ustinov. It appeared that, as unusual as it was, this match would take place instead, but a medical issues involving a close relative reportedly rattled Tyson out of the match.

3. It is widely reported by Tyson's trainer of the time, that for his eventual rematch with Dereck Chisora, Tyson was struggling so badly with a chest infection that he had to be sent home, unable to spar four rounds due to weakness. 
Source: Daily Mail

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