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Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder: Briton benefits from base Lennox Lewis ‘hated’

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Tyson Fury is training at high altitude and says he felt “very fit” closer to sea level

Tyson Fury says he is benefiting from a training venue former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis “hated” as he prepares to face Deontay Wilder.

The British heavyweight has based himself at Big Bear Lake in California to ready himself for his fight with WBC world champion Wilder on 1 December.

Fury, 30, says training at 7,000ft altitude has proven “very hard”.

“I was speaking to Lennox Lewis on the phone and he told me he got out of there after a week,” Fury said.

“He said he hated it and it was too hard.

“I was already very fit, could fight 12 rounds on the pads. Here, I am tired after three or four rounds.

“The air is thin and it’s hard to breathe.”

‘At sea level, I was very fit’

Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez runs a training complex known as ‘The Summit’ at Big Bear and Lennox Lewis (right) has also trained in the area

Big Bear gained notoriety as a training venue in the early 1990s. World champions such as Lewis, Oscar de la Hoya and Gennady Golovkin have spent camps there.

Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez built properties and training facilities in the area,