Boxing - Fury's secret weapon Arfan Iqbal in action on Sunday

Derby's Arfan 'Major' Iqbal (6-0), the boxer that Tyson Fury referred to 'my secret weapon' in his preparations to fight David Haye, takes on Aberdare's Nathan King (13-20) at the Hermitage Leisure Centre, Whitwick, on Sunday 13th October.

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Boxing - Fury's secret weapon Arfan Iqbal in action on Sunday
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Fury's secret weapon Arfan Iqbal in action on Sunday

Last month, Iqbal was in Belgium sparring Fury, who will be ringside to see the light heavyweight's push to make it seven wins out of seven - promoter Clifton Mitchell has also added Tyson's cousin Hughie Fury (10-0) to the show, who takes on Hungarian Istvan Ruzsinszky (11-8-1).

Iqbal talked about him time sparring Tyson:

"I was there for three-and-a-half weeks," said Iqbal, "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 has based himself in Essen, Belgium with his trainer and uncle Peter for his last four fights. Iqbal said: "Essen is in the middle of nowhere. The closest shops are a 15-minute drive away. It was just train, train, train and when you finish training all you want to do is sleep."

Iqbal did have the energy to pick the brains of Fury's other sparring partners. Steve 'USS' Cunningham, who has twice held the IBF cruiserweight title and decked Fury in his last fight, and contender 'Fast' Eddie Chambers were also part of the camp:

"They gave me a lot of advice about training and how to throw certain shots. I've learned a lot. If I keep winning, by the end of the season I should be ready for a shot at a title.""

Iqbal has a place on a Channel Five-televised show penciled in for November, then Mitchell hopes he will top the bill on a dinner show in Derby before the end of the year.

The show in Whitwick also features Prince David Davis (8-2) meeting Jahmaine Smyle (8-4-1) for the vacant Midlands Area super-middleweight title, an exciting match up between Marc Ketnor and Kevin Hammond for the vacant British Masters middleweight belt and an English-title eliminator between all-action flyweights Terry Broadbent and Louis Norman.

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