Tyson Fury brings in Jarrell Miller for sparring ahead of Dillian Whyte fight

Tyson Fury has created quite the reaction following his decision to draft in disgraced heavyweight Jarrell Miller to help him prepare for his showdown against Dillian Whyte.

The WBC and lineal champion will face British rival Whyte on April 23 at Wembley Stadium in front of a potential 100,000 fans.

Fury is set to make the second defence of his WBC crown following his victory over Deontay Wilder in October, 2021. The 'Gypsy King' knocked Wilder out in round 11 but didn't have it all his own way as he tasted the canvas twice in round four.

It has since been reported that Miller - who was in line to challenge Anthony Joshua in 2019 - has stepped in to replace the injured Jared Anderson as one of Fury's sparring partners.

Miller, 33, failed three drugs tests prior to his proposed bout against Joshua which saw Andy Ruiz Jr replace him on short notice.

Ruiz would go on to deliver a shock upset win over Joshua to become Mexico's first heavyweight champion at Madison Square Garden but would relinquish the belts in their 2019 rematch in Saudi Arabia.

Since then, Miller has attempted a ring comeback and was signed by Top Rank with Jerry Forrest his opponent just months after testing positive for banned substances only to test positive again for cardarine and endurobol - both substances also on the banned list.

The American is currently serving a two-year ban from boxing, backdated from December 2020 but has been pictured next to Fury online.

Whyte can't hide forever

SugarHill Steward has warned Dillian Whyte that he will eventually have to face the music on fight night against Tyson Fury.

The Brixton heavyweight did not participate in the first press conference last month and has kept a low profile on social media. It is believed Whyte is unhappy about receiving 20% of the purse pot despite signing the contract.

Despite this, it will still be Whyte's highest payday by far in boxing with him set to pocket at least £6m. Should he win, he'll earn another close to a £3m bonus.

Dillian Whyte

Steward took over as Fury's trainer from Ben Davison and has guided Fury to successive wins over Deontay Wilder.

Ahead of the fight, Steward predicted a knockout win for his man.

"It's only a matter of time. You can't avoid what's been avoided for long. There's always going to be a time where you're going to have to face up to it," said Sugarhill about Dillian Whyte not showing up for the opening press conference.

"Tyson is just whatever he feels. I don't know what the opponent, Dillian, is thinking. Maybe he has a plan when he sees him. Tyson doesn't have a plan. It's just whatever feedback he gets from the person in front of him is where he'll go from there.

"That's his ability to adjust and create and stay in control. Listen, this is the heavyweight division, the most exciting division in boxing. Everybody has a chance," said Sugarhill when asked if Whyte has a chance against Fury.

"That's why it's the big daddy of the divisions. Anything can happen. Everybody has that power. All of these men are 200 lbs plus. The only way I would think that is if his count was past 10, as has been proven in the first meeting with Deontay Wilder - Tyson Fury fight.

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder

"For me, when I saw him go down, I wasn't worried so much like that because I'm watching him. I watched the way he went down. He was hit and then trying to get his feet together and tried to grab him, but missed a grab and fell at that point.

"He was aware and alert that much to try and grab hold of Deontay Wilder," Sugarhill said of Fury when he was dropped by The Bronze Bomber in the fourth round of their trilogy fight on October 9 last year.

"The second knockdown, it wasn't a great punch. It was a push punch behind the head, which was okay for me. I was happy about that one. I'd rather that one than the first one that he got caught with.

"So, when he went down with that one, I was like, 'Ah, alright. He'll be alright.

"Knockout," said Sugarhill when asked what his prediction is for Fury's fight with Whyte. "Knockouts always, knockout time. Every fight, I'm preparing Tyson to knock somebody out.

"We bring in the proper sparring to sometimes simulate the opponent, but just to give different looks as well. So it's not just to have different sparring that's mimicking the opponent. I don't want to go too deep into my strategy and my bag of wisdom, but there is some kind of science to my madness.

"That's what he said at that time. So whatever he said at that time, that's what it is."

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