DILLIAN WHYTE admits Tyson Fury occasionally ran rings around him when they were sparring partners.
The Brixton Body Snatcher was first brought in to help Fury prepare for his Irish heavyweight title fight with Martin Rogan 12 years ago.
Whyte, at the time, only had eight fights to his name in comparison to the Gypsy King's 17 professional bouts and his lack of experience was telling.
The 33-year-old admitted to BT Sport: "There were times in sparring where he outboxed me because I never had no experience.
"He was already a top-level amateur when we sparred, he was already fighting Martin Rogan and for the championship [Irish heavyweight title] when I had no fights.
"I was just going out there to thing [spar]. I was learning, I was improving. But I'm a realist, I got outboxed sometimes.
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"But I put hands on your man, it's as simple as that."
Whyte will look to settle the score with the WBC heavyweight king in a historic domestic dust-up at Wembley on Saturday night.
Fury has told several tales from their spar wars ahead of the Battle of Britain and recently claimed to have dropped his foe.
But White insists: "Tyson Fury has never knocked me out or never dropped me.
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"Ask him about the rest of the sparring.
"He's never held his hands up and said I never knocked him down or dropped him or anything like that.
"I can hold my hands up and say Tyson Fury has never knocked me out, knocked me down or dropped me ever."
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Fury, 33, enters his second defence of the WBC heavyweight throne on the back of a stunning 11th-round KO victory over Deontay Wilder last October.
Whyte, meanwhile, goes into the grudge match having avenged his spectacular loss to Alexander Povetkin with a brutal fourth-round TKO win last March.
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