Fears for Evander Holyfield against Mike Tyson after training footage leaks

Boxing fans are fearful of Evander Holyfield’s chances of coming out of a fight against Mike Tyson unscathed after behind-the-scenes training footage showed him looking rather less slick than his latest comeback video made out.

Hot on the heels of old rival Tyson, the 57-year-old announced he was making his own comeback earlier this month and is eager to get back in the ring for a charity exhibition match – preferably against Iron Mike.

Holyfield looked in ridiculously good shape as he dropped a new training montage, doing dips with a heavy chain hanging around his neck and appearing lightning-quick on the pads.

However, behind-the-scenes clips of the promo show that many of the shots were set up, with Holyfield simply holding a loaded-up sled and then walking off without actually pushing it.

Holyfield also looked very slow in the unedited training footage, only putting together a few combos and appearing very laboured when doing so – though he still clearly has enormous power and his physique is remarkable for his age.

Fight fans had already mocked Holyfield for his first comeback video – which was reuploaded and seemingly sped up – and they have not been too kind about his latest effort.

‘He looks slow and stiff, especially compared to the recent clips of Tyson,’ wrote one boxing fan. ‘Holyfield is going to get worked over if they do fight.’

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‘Holyfield’s always in shape but he’s too punch drunk to compete again. Bad idea,’ chimed in another fan, while someone else replied: ‘Mike is moving like he’s in his last 20’s. He’s going to beat Evander up!’

There was some thinly veiled praise of Holyfield, though, with one fan saying: ‘I agree this man has no business fighting Mike but can we at least appreciate that my guy is 57 years old training harder and looking better than most of the people watching this video.’

Holyfield’s video is in rather stark comparison to Tyson, who in a clip filmed on his mobile phone looked ferociously fast – and he was only messing around in a pair of jeans rather than training for real.

Tyson has opened the door to fighting Holyfield, telling TMZ: ‘Listen I don’t know if me and Evander are going to get in the ring but it would be awesome for charity.

‘Can you imagine me and him going in the ring together as arch enemies, doing it for the humanity of people, for people less fortunate than ourselves. What would that be like?

‘That’s something that’s never been done by any entertainer or any sports figure in the history of sports.’

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Bristol Rovers winger fears 1,400 players will be left without clubs

‘It is a scary time… a lot could be lost to the game’: Bristol Rovers winger Alex Rodman fears up to 1,400 players face lengthy unemployment when their deals expire next month, with League One and Two seasons set to be scrapped

  • Around 1,400 players from the EFL will be out of contract at the end of June
  • Bristol Rovers’ Alex Rodman fears many of them will be left without clubs 
  • The winger says financial uncertainty will means clubs cannot offer new deals 
  • The League One and League Two seasons are set to be cancelled this week 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Bristol Rovers winger Alex Rodman believes up to 1,400 EFL players ‘could be lost to the game’ when their contracts expire at the end of June.

As Rovers’ PFA representative, the 33-year-old has been involved in a number of discussions over how to complete the League One season amid the coronavirus crisis.

It is expected that both the League One and League Two seasons will be cancelled this week, but Rodman believes a bigger issue will arise at the end of next month.

Bristol Rovers winger Alex Rodman fears up to 1,400 players could be without clubs come July

Around 1,400 Championship, League One and League Two players will be out of contract on June 30, with clubs currently unsure when football will resume or when fans will be permitted to attend games again.

Rodman fears that clubs will be unable to offer deals to free agents due to the financial uncertainty, potentially leaving vast numbers of players without a club and any income to support their families.

‘From June 30, I think there’s 1,400 players out of contract in the Championship, League One and League Two,’ he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

‘We look at the potential of having no fans until possibly Christmas, maybe even into 2021, and I think there’s a real threat that the new season will be delayed.

‘If that’s the case, with players running out of contract on June 30, I can’t see clubs offering new contracts in that period.

‘I don’t see how that works financially for players coming into the summer and clubs not knowing where their income is.

Wycombe Wanderers’ Adams Park is pictured locked up during the coronavirus crisis

‘Most clubs get a third of income from matchday revenue and if a club knows they aren’t getting fans through the door until potentially next year then I can’t see clubs offering contracts to players – it definitely won’t be the level of contracts they were offering before, and I don’t think they’ll be offering the same amount of contracts.

‘So it’s a very scary time for League One and League Two players.

‘They don’t have the buffer that some of the Premier League players do, financially, and they’re, as a lot of the players at Bristol Rovers have mentioned to me, probably caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place in a moral dilemma of whether to go back as you need to financially support your family and pay your mortgage, or do you stay at home to protect your family’s health and welfare?

‘It’s going to be a really tough position over the next few weeks and months, as everyone in the country is facing.

‘It’s certainly scary and I think the PFA have mentioned that 60 per cent more players have looked into educational support over the last two months, which sums up where everyone’s heads are at and how worried players are now.

EFL chairman Rick Parry is in discussions over how to resolve the season and contract issues

‘Players, especially at League One and Two level, do rely on a paycheck every month. 

‘They’re living paycheck to paycheck and couldn’t absorb missing one, two, three or four.

‘I don’t think that could happen so it is a scary time – 1,400 is a lot of players and, as everyone in the country is finding, times are incredibly tough at the moment and that’s no different for footballers, especially at the lower levels.

‘A lot could be lost to the game, which would be a massive shame.

‘So, for me, I think the conversation about League One and League Two needs to move away from the season finishing and how we can combat the issue of players being out of contract for that long and whether clubs can do something with players to work together to fight that.

‘It’s going to be the most worrying thing for me and it seems to be the most worrying thing for the players I’ve been speaking to as well.’




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Lineker fears England will have little choice but to follow Holland

‘May well prove to be the only way’: Gary Lineker fears the Premier League will have little choice but to follow the Dutch FA and VOID the 2019-20 season… but Jamie Carragher insists ‘no one here wants this’

  • Eredivisie agreed to scrap season with title left vacant by Ajax and AZ Alkmaar 
  • Decision has sparked more debate as to whether Premier League should follow 
  • Liverpool are currently 25 points clear at the top but it’s much tighter elsewhere
  • UEFA held a crunch meeting on Thursday to decide fate of 2019-20 campaign
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Gary Lineker fears the Premier League will have little choice but to follow the Dutch FA and void the 2019-20 season.

Holland’s Eredivisie agreed to scrap the season on Friday with the title left vacant by Ajax and AZ Alkmaar and no promotion or relegation.

And the decision has sparked more debate as to whether the English top flight should follow suit amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Holland’s Eredivisie agreed to scrap season with the title left vacant by Ajax and AZ Alkmaar

Gary Lineker fears the Premier League will have little choice but to follow the Dutch FA

Piers Morgan agreed that voiding the 2019-20 season like in Holland is the way to go

Pundit Lineker wrote on Twitter: ‘May well prove to be the only way. Hardly the fairest way, though?’

Piers Morgan responded to Lineker by writing: ‘I honestly think it is. Every other solution I have seen is less fair than simply accepting the season cannot be finished and voiding it. 

‘Holland has realised that, but we’re still desperately trying to save a season that can’t be saved.’

While former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher asked his 1.5 million Twitter followers for their thoughts on the Dutch call.

He then wrote: ‘Seems no one on here wants this outcome or my suggestion of PPG (points per game) on the back of UEFA using it for European places. 

‘So the message is get the season done whenever the virus allows.’

Ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher asked 1.5 million Twitter followers for their thoughts

Both Ajax and AZ Alkmaar were level on points at the top of the Eredivisie table, but neither will be crowned champions.

Promotion and relegation have also been axed – with Cambuur, who were 11 points clear at the top of the second tier, now cruelly missing out on a return to the Eredivisie after three seasons away.

The Premier League was suspended indefinitely last month due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Liverpool are currently 25 points clear at top of the Premier League but it’s tighter elsewhere

UEFA held a crunch meeting on Thursday morning to decide fate of the 2019-20 campaign.

While European football’s governing body prefers seasons to be played out, if that is not possible they want each nation to select qualifying clubs ‘based on sporting merit in the 2019-20 domestic competitions.’ 

The Premier League remain committed to completing the season and UEFA have removed a key barrier to it finishing with no further play — although the legal and commercial issues with television companies remain. 

Liverpool are currently 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League but it is much closer between the sides battling for places in Europe and to avoid relegation. 

 

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