Pair check in for sparring as Fury steps up Haye preparations

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A former British and Commonwealth Champion is helping Tyson Fury prepare for his heavyweight superfight with David Haye.

Michael Sprott and unbeaten prospect Dillian Whyte have joined the Morecambe heavyweight at his camp in Essen, Belgium.

Tyson’s trainer and uncle Peter Fury is happy with the help the pair are providing ahead of the titanic clash at the Manchester Arena on September 28.

He said: “They’re both over here starting off the sparring and it’s nice to have the work.

“It’s a good atmosphere, they’re both really good lads - they’re both sparring really well and putting up really good spars.

“It’s great to get the sparring going as Tyson loves it.

“He’s a fighting man and he loves the hard runs, pads and especially the sparring, that’s what he enjoys the most.”

Sprott brings a wealth of experience to Team Fury, a former English, British, Commonwealth and EBU-EU heavyweight champion.

Boasting 37 wins with 17 knockouts, he has faced the likes of Danny Williams, Matt Skelton, Audley Harrison, Ruslan Chagaev, Robert Helenius and Kubrat Pulev.

Whyte boasted a perfect professional record, with nine wins from nine, including six knockouts since his debut in May 2011.

Both are a similar size to Haye, but Peter insists it is not a case of trying to copy Haye.

He said:“It’s not so much the same styles as David Haye, they’re not the same as Haye – we are using them to work on certain things with Tyson.

“We haven’t got them over here to emulate Haye, but they are perfect preparation for Tyson.

“Sprott and Whyte are both top lads and consummate professionals and that’s what boxing is all about.

“They have come in here and they’re doing the job – it’s very good and I’m very happy.”

Fury’s £10 million clash with David Haye will be broadcast on Sky Sports Box Office HD.