Evander Holyfield open to completing trilogy with Mike Tyson

‘If he hits me I’m going to hit back’: Evander Holyfield open to completing trilogy with Mike Tyson for charity

  • Evander Holyfield admitted he is ready to fight Mike Tyson for a third time 
  • Holyfield, 57, fought Tyson, 53, in two epic bouts and will fight again for charity
  • Tyson has shared numerous videos of himself back in training in the gym 

Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has said he is open to facing one-time rival Mike Tyson in a trilogy fight for charity on the condition that Tyson asks for the bout to be set up.

Tyson, 53, fought two epic bouts with Holyfield, 57, during their professional careers, including their controversial 1997 encounter in which Tyson bit off a chunk of Holyfield’s ear.

‘Iron Mike’ had released several training videos in recent weeks fuelling speculation he could be returning to the ring, while Holyfield announced his return for a charity bout on Instagram earlier this month.

Evander Holyfield (R) remains open to the prospect of fighting Mike Tyson (L) a third time

The pair first met in Las Vegas in November 1995 with Holyfield eventually winning by TKO

In the second fight, Tyson was disqualified for biting his opponent’s ear in horrific scenes

‘If I ask him it’s almost like me being a bully saying I want to go against somebody I’ve beaten twice,’ Holyfield told the BBC. ‘I don’t want pressure on me that “you just want to fight Mike because you know you can beat him”.

‘If he hits me I’m going to hit back. I’m going to be 58, he’ll be 54, you talk about being in good health and doing things the proper way that respects it. I don’t have no problem with it.’

Tyson, the first heavyweight to hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, retired after a loss to Kevin McBride in 2005, while Holyfield called time on his career nine years later.

If they do return, they will be following in the footsteps of Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao in coming out of retirement for an exhibition fight.

Tyson has taken to social media to demonstrate he still possesses frightening hand speed

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Valeya set to thrive at Prix des Sardiniers in step up to 12 furlongs

Valeya set to thrive at Prix des Sardiniers with patient approach by Alain de Royer-Dupre paying off

  • Prix des Sardiniers meeting is set to be held at Dieppe, France, on Tuesday
  • Alain de Royer-Dupre trained filly Valeya is relishing step up to 12 furlongs 
  •  Cut in the ground at Dieppe should benefit her and jockey Nicolas Larenaudie

Valeya (12.10) appears to be thriving from a typically patient approach by connections who have found a good stepping stone for their progressive filly in the Prix des Sardiniers at Dieppe on Tuesday.

Septuagenarian trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre, who has trained more than 1,000 winners in a stellar career stretching back five decades, perhaps isn’t the force he once was but the likes of grand stayer Vazirabad and 2019 Prix Saint-Alary winner have kept his name in lights in recent campaigns.

In Valeya, the Chantilly-based trainer saddles a filly that looked to relish the combination of a step up to 12 furlongs and a switch to aggressive tactics at Compiegne back in March.

Valeya, trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre (L) will be a favourite to watch at Prix des Sardiniers

The grey daughter of Mastercraftsman was sent to the head of affairs early in proceedings by Christophe Soumillon from which point the duo set a steady gallop before seeing off their rivals, one by one, in the straight with the Belgian rider keen to utilise the favourable stands’ side rail.

The cut in the ground at Dieppe should play to the strengths of the selection who is reunited with jockey Nicolas Larenaudie for the first time since they combined to finish third at Chantilly in mid February.

Larenaudie, who has ridden four winners for the de Royer-Dupre operation in an embryonic career, may well find himself aboard a filly which has improved significantly since that initial outing and the duo are fancied to see off Pretorio and the Soumillon-ridden veteran Golden Wood.

The last-named makes the 41st start of a career that has seen him win narrowly twice in Meydan under Soumillon which may explain the reason the Belgian is keen to retain the association.

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Twitter reacts to Tom Brady shutting up Charles Barkley with incredible shot in ‘The Match 2’

On the broadcast for “The Match 2,” Charles Barkley commented that “You can be great at one sport and not great in another sport. I just want America to know that.” 

Seconds later, Tom Brady had a chip from just off the green. The ball landed a few feet in front of him and about 40 feet from the hole. It was possibly the most relatable the NFL’s GOAT has ever been.

That feeling of relatability didn’t last long. 

The NFL legend struggled through the first six holes and Barkley began critiquing Brady again, this time directly to the quarterback. 

“I’ve been focusing on football, bro,” Brady said. “I’m trying to win a Super Bowl.”

Moments later, Brady took his fourth shot on the par-five, seventh hole. He nailed it from deep.

Overall, Brady hasn’t had a great showing so far, but that shot certainly helps make up for it. 

Twitter reacts to Tom Brady’s incredible shot, up and down day

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Brighton player ask club to tone down opposition to Project Restart

Don’t write us off yet! Lewis Dunk leads furious Brighton players in asking club to tone down its opposition to Project Restart amid concerns it belittled their chances of Premier League survival

  • Brighton players asked the club to tone down its opposition to Project Restart
  • Captain Lewis Dunk made a direct representation to club chairman Tony Bloom 
  • Chief Executive Paul Barber has been more conciliatory since the request
  • The Seagulls were being seen as ringleaders in preventing the return of football 

A group of Brighton players asked the club to tone down their outspoken opposition to Project Restart last week as they felt it belittled their chances of staying in the Premier League on merit.

Seagulls captain and hometown boy Lewis Dunk made direct representations to chairman Tony Bloom, expressing their unhappiness that Brighton — two points above the relegation zone — were being seen as the ringleaders in preventing top-flight football from returning.

It is significant that since the players’ move, chief executive Paul Barber has been more conciliatory towards the concept of the Premier League restarting, having previously complained about neutral grounds and a risk to life.

Brighton players asked the club to tone down their outspoken opposition of Project Restart

Lewis Dunk made a direct representations to chairman Tony Bloom (right) on the matter

Glenn Murray and Anthony Knockaert were among the Seagulls players who also publicly questioned whether the Premier League should return but a larger group headed by Dunk felt Brighton’s negative stance came across as a lack of confidence in their ability to avoid relegation on the pitch.

The intervention comes ahead of an important week for the Premier League, which is hoping to resume on June 19 or 26. 

A decision to reintroduce contact training under strict testing procedures is expected to be rubber-stamped on Tuesday but there is still a divide on what should happen if the league does not resume this season.

Players believe the club’s opposition belittles their chances of avoiding relegation on merit

Chief executive Paul Barber has been more conciliatory on the restart since the request

Aston Villa, who are 18th but have a game in hand, are trying to persuade clubs that it is unfair to send the current bottom three down on the basis of points per game, as they would be able to leapfrog Watford if they won that game.

The Premier League have invited all 20 clubs to suggest the best solution in the event of the league being voided. 

More complicated models which take into account current points and the difficulty of remaining fixtures are also being investigated.

The Premier League have invited all clubs to suggest the best solution if the season is voided

A further meeting on the issue is set for Wednesday this week.

Clubs closer to the relegation zone are more regularly raising difficulties about Project Restart, while those above, such as Sheffield United in seventh place and Burnley in 10th, are keen to get going once again.

West Ham, currently 16th, raised the issue about a lack of social-distance marking at set-pieces, though that did not seem to be a problem in the Bundesliga, with everyone on the field properly tested.

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Jadon Sancho to receive ticking-off after HUGGING Achraf Hakimi

Jadon Sancho to get warning after HUGGING Achraf Hakimi during goal celebration… but assist sees him match Lionel Messi for goal involvements this season

  • Jadon Sancho will receive a ticking-off from officials for hugging Achraf Hakimi
  • The two hugged as they scored the second in Dortmund’s 2-0 win vs Wolfsburg 
  • Sancho has now matched Lionel Messi for his goal involvements this season

Jadon Sancho will receive a ticking-off after starring in Borussia Dortmund’s 2-0 win at Wolfsburg.

The England winger set up Achraf Hakimi for Dortmund’s second goal but then jumped into the goalscorer’s arms to celebrate.

And that’s likely to result in a reprimand from football chiefs in Germany determined to stamp out exuberant goal celebrations. 

Jadon Sancho will receive a warning for hugging Achraf Hakimi after Dortmund’s second goal

Sancho has now been involved in as many goals as Lionel Messi has this season

The German FA warned clubs before last week’s Bundesliga resumption that hugging after goals would not be tolerated. 

They were horrified when Hertha Berlin ignored that advice by celebrating every goal in last week’s 3-0 win at Hoffenheim.

Sancho has now provided 16 assists this season — only Bayern Munich veteran Thomas Muller has managed more.

The German FA were horrified after Dedryck Boyata kissed his team-mate in goal celebration

The 20-year-old Londoner, who has scored 14 goals this season, is also the first player to be directly involved in 30 goals in Germany’s top flight.

Only Lionel Messi and Lazio’s Ciro Immobile have also been directly involved in 30 goals in Europe’s big leagues this season.

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Simeone needs to keep Partey… he'd walk into ANY Premier League club

Diego Simeone needs to ensure midfield dynamo Thomas Partey is still at Atletico Madrid next season… he could walk into ANY Premier League midfield and is a snip at £45million

  • Thomas Partey would be the perfect fit for some of the Premier League’s elite
  • Partey has plenty of years ahead of him and a release clause of 50million euros
  • He idolised Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard growing up as a young
  • Atletico will want to tie Partey down to a new deal but that will not be cheap 

Thomas Partey’s two performances against Liverpool in the Champions League were reminders that as complete midfielders with plenty of years ahead of them and affordable release clauses go, there are few better players on the market.

It would be easy to see Pep Guardiola having a use for Thomas; he would probably get into the Manchester United team, and his style would mean he could fit in at Liverpool too.

There isn’t a club in the Premier League he would not improve. He is 27 this summer and just £45million snaps open his contract and means he can walk away. It’s little wonder that Atletico’s to-do list while La Liga remains in quarantine is look at the Ghana captain’s situation and try to ensure he doesn’t leave any time soon.

Thomas Partey has plenty of years ahead of him and an affordable release clause of 50m euros

Partey would make a great fit for Manchester United, Liverpool or Manchester City

The Premier League is watching Thomas. For many years he was watching the Premier League. Asked who he admired growing up in Krobo Odumase, a town in south-eastern Ghana, he told El Pais in 2018: ‘As a midfielder, [Steven] Gerard of Liverpool.’ He also named Frank Lampard while reeling off his favourite players and revealing that as young boys him and his pals would hum the Champions League music before kicking off their street games.

Thomas arrived in Spain having just turned 18, plucked from a Ghanaian second division team where he said he got paid only when he won.

There was a risk that he might be whisked off to Europe but then discarded if he never made the grade. Not making it, was not something he seemed to devote too much thinking time about, and he has stayed with Juan Jimenez, the agent who helped him make the move, ever since.

Learning from Gabi Fernandez and Tiago Mendes on the Atletico training ground he soon convinced the club to take him permanently – Atletico legend tells it that after just one session they were convinced and wanted him to sign for their under-18s team. From there he quickly made the step up to the club’s B-team.

He spent loan spells at Mallorca and Almeria before returning to fight for a first team place in 2015.

Contrary to the idea that has formed around the tastes of the ultra-combative Simeone he is not over-keen on his defensive midfielders being best known for their lung-busting bursts from one box to the other so Partey has had to mature into the sort of holder that his coach wants. Developing the positioning sense that made Gabi such an Atletico favourite is an on-going process.

Jurgen Klopp could be eyeing up the central midfielder who has a rather cheap release clause

Pep Guardiola could also have some interest in Partey who would fit into his system and style

Thomas’ departure, at this stage of his career, would rile Simeone. ‘If he had signed from United or City we would say what a fantastic player he was,’ said the Aletico coach last year, making the point that he is undervalued because he is home grown.

Simeone knows that Thomas’ low release clause is not the only reason why the player and club need to negotiate a new deal sooner rather than later.

This season Thomas is the player who has played the third most minutes in the squad, but he is a long way from being the third-highest paid.

If Atletico want to double his release clause and extend his deal for two more years to 2025 then they will need to double his £2.2m euros salary too.

Partey idolised Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard as an upcoming talent in the game

Diego Simeone will want to extend his contract which would mean doubling his wage

Simeone is in favour of doing just that. He wants to avoid the exodus suffered last season when the departure of veterans such as Diego Godin and Felipe Luis was made all the more difficult to take because of the loss of Rodri to Manchester City and Lucas Hernandez to Bayern Munich.

Thomas is happy where he is. Last summer, along with his agent Jimenez he became one of the four principle share-holders of local Spanish regional third division side Alcobendas Sport. They are committed to building the club and even perhaps bringing in the next Thomas from Africa who can have the same positive career path he has enjoyed to date.

Going off to emulate the likes of Gerrard and Lampard, who he once admired from afar, will also appeal howeverThat is why the biggest clubs in Europe will be keeping an eye on the situation over the coming months. And why Atletico know they need to ensure their dynamic midfielder is still at the club next season.

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Tyson Fury issues warning to Anthony Joshua over Kubrat Pulev fight

Tyson Fury insists he is eager to take on Anthony Joshua in a unification fight but has warned his heavyweight rival that neither of them can afford to slip up in their upcoming bouts.

Despite talks of step-aside offers to facilitate a hotly-anticipated, all-British unification clash, Fury is still contracted to fight Deontay Wilder for a third time while AJ is due to take on Kubrat Pulev.

Fury says his focus is still firmly on beating Wilder and has stressed that neither he, nor Joshua, can take their eye of the ball if they want to set up a unification fight in 2021.

‘If I get knocked out by Deontay Wilder, then it won’t be on, will it,’ Fury told Sky Sports.

‘It will be another fight with Wilder and so forth and so on. If he loses to Pulev, so close, but so far away.

‘In heavyweight boxing, you can never count your chickens before they hatch, so one fight at a time. One victory at a time.

‘All going well, god willing, we get on the big fight with me and Joshua, the all-British showdown and I can give the fans what they want to see, especially the British fans.

‘It will be the biggest fight since I believe Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno. It was a while ago, Cardiff Arms Park.’

Joshua was recently asked about Fury on Instagram Live, saying: ‘You know what? There will be even bigger [fights in my career] because I’m not going anywhere.

‘I’m here to make history. I’m hungry, I’m fired up, Fury’s just another opponent at the end of the day.

‘It’s going to be big for everyone else but I’ve got to keep myself together and I look at Fury like he’s just another fighter.’

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LaLiga hope to restart on June 12 after claims it could be pushed back

LaLiga still hoping to re-start season in just THREE WEEKS despite latest report throwing opening Sevilla vs Betis derby in doubt… with Spain’s lifting of lockdown by region threatening to scupper plans

  • There have been suggestions that LaLiga could push back their restart date 
  • Spain’s regionalised relaxation of lockdown is at the heart of the potential delay 
  • But June 12 is still being viewed as a feasible best case scenario by LaLiga 

LaLiga have not given up on starting the season on June 12 despite reports in Spain on Friday morning suggesting they are now resigned to playing the first game back a week later.

Cadena Cope tweeted that the Spanish League had ruled out a June 12 start but Sportsmail understands that date is still being viewed as a feasible best scenario.

The 20 top-flight clubs were hoping to advance to full squad training next week but are now expected to have to continue small-group training before progressing the next phase.

There have been suggestions that the LaLiga restart could be pushed back by a week

But there is still hope that they can begin the season again on June 12, as currently planned

That could delay the plan to stage the Seville derby between Sevilla and Betis on Friday, June 12 with players and coaches preferring more time to prepare the resumption of the season.

Spain’s regionalised relaxation of lockdown is at the heart of the potential delay. It could mean that ‘phase three’, which would allow games to be played without problems, would not have been reached in some areas of the country. 

If certain regions are still in phase two the restart date would have to be put back unless the government decides to make exceptions for football.

They have already done this once. Last week neither Madrid nor Barcelona were out of lockdown phase zero but the six La Liga clubs in the two regions were given special dispensation to train in reduced groups of 10 players.

Regional lockdown variations mean teams have had to get dispensation to train in groups

LaLiga are keen not to be seen to jump ahead of official advice and president Javier Tebas said on Friday: ‘Clubs, directors, players and referees are all keen to start the season again but the competition will only start when the health authorities consider it to be possible. Coordination with CSD (Spanish Sports Council) and the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) will be key.’

There are hopes that with football generating an estimated 1.37 per cent of the country’s GDP and being responsible for over 18,000 jobs there will be some flexibility.

LaLiga is especially keen to get football back on by June 12 because it marks 90 days since the State of Alarm was declared in Spain.

Diario AS reported this week that financial penalties written in to television contracts will come into effect if football stays off television screens in Spain beyond the 90-day date.

Javier Tebas insisted that the league would not jump ahead of official government advice

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Conor McGregor backed to make light work of Justin Gaethje

‘I think a knockout’: Conor McGregor can make light work of Justin Gaethje should they meet in the octagon, says Eddie Alvarez… the man who has faced both UFC stars

  • Conor McGregor and Justin Gaethje are moving closer to a clash in the octagon 
  • Eddie Alvarez has the experience of facing both fighters at UFC events 
  • The 36-year-old believes the Irishman has an edge should the fight go ahead 

Conor McGregor would make light work of Justin Gaethje if the pair meet in the octagon, according to a man who has fought both.

Eddie Alvarez lost to the Irishman in 2016 in New York, but had better success against Gaethje – inflicing one of his two career defeats.

And from his position of experience, Alvarez believes that would become three defeats, should he come against The Notorious. 

Conor McGregor has been backed to beat Justin Gaethje should the pair meet in the octagon

Gaethje (above) triumphed over Tony Ferguson in their interim lightweight fight at UFC 249

‘Yeah, I think a knockout [for McGregor],’ said Alvarez when asked for his opinion on who would win in a fight between the pair on a recent The Score podcast.

‘I was able to catch him [Gaethje] quite a bit with punches. And you watch that Dustin [Poirier] was able to box him a little bit.’

Alvarez believes the edge is held by McGregor due to his superior boxing skills.

However, should Gaethje turn the contest into a ground game, all bets are off according to the 36-year-old. 

‘The thing with Justin is, if I thought he would implement a ground game, and he was gonna go in there and take Conor down and put him against the cage and do that, kind of do what Khabib did [against McGregor], do what I intended to do, if he was gonna implement that game, I would say Justin’s gonna do really well against him,’ Alvarez added.

‘But just standing for standing, like a stand-up fight, which is what I feel like it’ll end up being, I feel like there’s just too many mistakes that Justin would make, and Conor would be able to kinda capitalise.’ 

Eddie Alvarez (left)  has faced McGregor and Gaethje, losing to the Irishman in 2016 (above)

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Danny Rose reveals he wants to play for Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers

Tottenham’s on-loan star Danny Rose reveals he wants to play for Brendan Rodgers… but jokes ‘someone will have to buy Ben Chilwell first’ when asked about possible link up at Leicester

  • Danny Rose has revealed he wants to play for Brendan Rodgers before he retires
  • Tottenham defender, who is on loan at Newcastle, has just 13 months left on deal
  • Rose briefly worked with Rodgers during a loan spell at Watford in 2008-09
  • He joked Ben Chilwell will have to be sold if he was to join Rodgers at Leicester

Danny Rose has revealed he would like to play for Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers before he finishes his career. 

The Tottenham left-back, currently on loan at Newcastle, has 13 months left on his contract at Spurs but is thought to be surplus to requirements in north London. 

Rose worked with Rodgers briefly during a loan spell at Watford in the 2008-09 campaign and ever since that period, he has been keen to revive the arrangement. 

Danny Rose is currently on loan at Newcastle but has just 13 months left on his Tottenham deal

Rose admitted he wants to play for Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers before he retires

‘Getting to work with him for two months was brilliant,’ said Rose. ‘As an 18 or 19-year-old, I had never experienced training sessions like that before. 

‘His ideas in training… it was brilliant and I have always said that he is somebody I would love to play for again.’ 

When asked whether he would seek a move to Leicester, Rose joked to the Lockdown Tactics podcast: ‘Someone will have to buy Ben Chilwell first.’ 

Ben Chilwell is currently Leicester’s No 1 left back but had attracted interest from Chelsea

Chilwell was a prominent summer target for Chelsea before the coronavirus pandemic changed the face of football, and it is unclear whether the Blues would now be prepared to pay a sizeable transfer fee for Chilwell, who is under contract until 2024. 

Leicester are currently well-covered at left-back, with title winner Christian Fuchs providing expert back-up for Chilwell and James Justin able to operate on either flank. 

Rose turns 30 on July 2 and Spurs would lose him on a free transfer next summer if they could not agree a sale before then. 

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