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sports briefs | Mike Tyson returns to boxing, a tough night for Cristiano Ronaldo and a wild baseball pitch from Dr Anthony Fauci.
IRON MIKE V ROY JONES JR FIGHT CONFIRMED
It’s official. After months of speculation, Mike Tyson will dust off his gloves and take on Roy Jones Jr in an 8-round charity event on 12 September in California. Before you ask here are the details that we know of:
Will they wear headgear? No, but they will use 12-ounce gloves vs usual 8-ounce gloves to soften the blows.
Will they be looking for knockouts? No, it’s an exhibition fight so both fighters will mainly be focussing on showcasing their skills without trying to take each other’s heads off … good news for Jones I guess.
Prize money? Undisclosed, but the focus is on raising money for charity.
Anything else? There will be some high-profile musicians performing (we don’t know who yet) and there will be an undercard fight featuring YouTube star Jake Paul (if you don’t know who he is ask your teenage kid).
Is Mike nervous for the fight? Doesn’t look like it as he sealed the contract with a joint in his mouth.
BAD NIGHT FOR CR7
It was a bad night at the office for Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo. Not only did Juventus blow a 1-0 lead against Udinese to lose 2-1, when a victory would have sealed their 9th consecutive Serie A title, but Lazio’s Ciro Immobile overtook Ronaldo in the race for the Golden Boot with his 31st goal of the season (CR7 is on 30).
MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: All is not lost however as Juventus are still 6 points clear at the top with 3 games left. CR7 also will have plenty of opportunities to overtake Immobile as Juve have relatively benign fixtures against Sampdoria, Cagliari and Roma to come.
MARQUEZ SET TO RACE ONE WEEK AFTER BREAKING ARM
Who said MotoGP racers aren’t made of steel? How about legend Marquez being ready to get back on his bike just two days after surgery to repair a broken arm? Marquez broke his arm in a crash at the season opening Spanish GP last weekend but apparently claims he is ready to go.
MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: That is some physical and mental toughness second to none. Schalk Burger Jnr would be impressed.
FAUCI OPENS MLB SEASON WITH WILD PITCH
Immunologist Dr Anthony Fauci opened the MLB season with a wild pitch in Washington on Thursday. Apparently Donald Trump is slated to throw the first pitch at Yankee Stadium in August.
MYTWOCENTS VERDICT: While Fauci was greeted with cheers, we doubt Trump will receive the same warm response. If Fauci’s pitch was wild imagine how far off the mark Trump’s pitch could be? … given how wide of the mark he has been with pretty much every call he has made as President.