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    Mike Tyson says fans armed with ‘weapons and guns’ demand selfies even though boxing legend has team of huge bodyguards

    BOXING legend Mike Tyson claims he has to fight off fans armed with “weapons and guns” as they demand selfies.
    Former heavyweight champ Tyson hired a squad of beefy bodyguards to protect him from crazed supporters…but that does not stop them.

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    Fans are desperate to take photos with Mike TysonCredit: BackGrid

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    Legend Tyson is regularly asked for selfies Credit: Getty Images – Getty

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    Despite Covid-19 fans still queue to be seen with the ex-heavyweight champCredit: BackGrid
    He suggests fans often get into fist fights and even brandish weapons if they are unable to get that all important picture with their hero.
    Tyson said: “These guys have got weapons and guns, they want to take pictures – and you are going to say: ‘No you are not going to take a picture’.
    “I tell the guards, I am like, ‘Let them take a picture.’
    “There are about 45 of them (waiting in line).

    “That is what I am worried about. That is just crazy.
    “There are a lot of thirsty people.
    “I thought that because I had big ­bodyguards that it would scare people. But no.”

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    Tyson is currently putting himself through his paces as he lines up a sensational return to boxing aged 54.
    Iron Mike looks in incredible shape with a potential professional or exhibition bout on the cards.
    It is not the first time he has opened up about his security team as he previously revealed he used to dodge his bodyguards to meet up with “real nasty girls”.

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    Tyson has celebrity status after his boxing careerCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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    Tyson Fury travels 300 miles to attend funeral of well-known gypsy whose mourning sons are friends with dad John

    TYSON FURY joined a mass of mourners at the funeral of a well-known Gypsy.
    The WBC heavyweight world champ travelled 300 miles from his home in Morecambe to Dorset to pay his respects to the late Michael White, who died aged 80.

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    Tyson Fury paid his respects to popular Gypsy Michael White who has died age 80 – and was praised by his sons Michael and TonyCredit: Bournemouth News

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    Michael White and his family had watched Tyson Fury grow upCredit: Bournemouth News
    Mr White’s sons, Michael, 58, and Tony, 56, are close friends with Tyson’s dad John and they saw the future boxing champion grow up.
    Michael White jnr said: “When we moved to Chesterfield we were only about 13 years old and all joined a boxing club.
    “We met John Fury and we have been very close since.
    “We watched Tyson grow up and when he was 12 I remember his father say to people that he was going to be a future world champion.

    “He is now a superstar, but he wanted to pay his respects.
    “The compassion of Tyson to travel from Morecombe to visit people he has grown up with was amazing.
    “He was showing not only respect to us as a family, but also respect to his own father by coming with him.”

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    A horse-drawn carriage brought in the coffin of the friend of the Fury familyCredit: Bournemouth News

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    Only 72 people were allowed in the Priory – but many more waited outsideCredit: Bournemouth News
    The traditional funeral included 14 horses that led the procession which hundreds of people lined the streets of Christchurch to view.

    The service was held at historic Christchurch Priory.
    Fury, meanwhile, is waiting to find out what his next fight will be as boxing bounces back after the coronavirus pandemic.
    He is set for a trilogy fight against Deontay Wilder after battering the American into his first ever loss in February.

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    But Wilder has had surgery on his bicep and it is not known when he is back to full training.
    And of course the sensational news broke last month that the Gypsy King had agreed a two fight deal against fellow Brit Anthony Joshua in 2021.
    Joshua holds the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight straps.

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    Mike Tyson called out by Riddick Bowe, 52, for exhibition fight as boxing legend reveals he’s already back in training

    MIKE TYSON has been called out by Riddick Bowe – with the American boxing legend also returning to training.
    Iron Mike, 54, has been putting in the hard graft to get back into the ring – either for an exhibition fight or a pro bout.

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    Riddick Bowe is desperate to make his comeback to boxing with a fight against Mike TysonCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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    Mike Tyson looks in incredible shape as he prepares his comeback, aged 54Credit: Golders
    Tyson Fury, dad John, Evander Holyfield and Shannon Briggs are just a few of the bigs names linked with fighting Tyson.
    But Tyson’s old school mate – and former heavyweight world champion – Bowe is eager to be the man he returns for.
    Bowe, 52, told SunSport: “If the fans want to see me fight again, I’m fighting. I want to make fans happy.
    “Equally, I want to be remembered as one who did everything to truly make boxing great.

    “I want to get out there. This is the perfect time, I believe, and I’m very excited to fight again.
    “It’s official. Actually, let me put it this way: I am officially back and want to and will fight.
    “Come on Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield…”

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    Riddick Bowe was crowned heavyweight world champion in 1992Credit: AFP
    Bowe continued by saying it’s Tyson he wants to fight above all else, with Iron Mike tirelessly training for his own comeback.

    The pair, separated by just two years in age, went to the same school and grew up in the same Brooklyn neighbourhood.
    Fans would have loved to have seen the duo clash during their heyday, but a number of factors never led to it materialising.
    During Bowe’s prime, Tyson was in jail for rape.
    And by the time he was released, Bowe’s best days were behind him as his old pal went in search of regaining the world heavyweight title.
    But Big Daddy would love to take on the ‘Baddest Man On The Planet’ right now.

    I am very excited I want to fight Mike now… I will fight him any day of the week.
    Riddick Bowe on Mike Tyson

    Bowe claimed: “We went to the same school. We knew each other quite well.
    “We started off fairly close being in the same neighbourhood, but then wentdifferent directions as our boxing developed.
    “Of course, we both made it and became the world heavyweight champions.
    “I am very excited I want to fight Mike now… I will fight him any day of the week – whether it’s an exhibition, or even a pro fight.”
    Bowe has been locked in talks with Eddie Hearn about a fight with Anthony Joshua, with the American veteran keen “fight anybody”.
    Despite that, it is Tyson he craves, continuing: “I will fight anybody.
    “I will fight Evander Holyfield, or Mike, Klitschko or even Tyson Fury. I’m open to Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua.
    “My manager has been talking to Eddie Hearn but Eddie has not got back to him.
    “But it’s Mike I really want to fight.”

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    Bowe will ‘fight anybody’ including Fury or WilderCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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    Bowe reckons he’s better than Tyson – who twice lost to Evander HolyfieldCredit: AFP – Getty
    Even though Tyson has been the one making headlines for his eagerly-anticipated comeback to the ring, Bowe claimed he was already plotting a return of his own.
    Despite his desire to fight Iron Mike, Bowe says it would be “beneath himself” to make an offer to him, insisting Tyson must come to him.
    Bowe revealed: “I was already planning a comeback. I’ve not reached out to Mike but I am.
    “The reason I haven’t yet is because he’s getting offers from all over and I don’t want this to be just another offer.
    “I don’t want to be in the crowd. I’m serious and I’m waiting for everything to die down a bit.
    “But I’m sure Mike knows I’m interested in doing a pro fight.
    “I can say now that officially I am going to fight again. I am on a comeback now. That’s for sure.

    I can say now that officially I am going to fight again. I am on a comeback now.
    Riddick Bowe

    “Like I said, I will fight Mike Tyson anywhere, anytime, anyplace.
    “Mike has to reach out to me; I’m not going to reach out to him right now.
    “For me to send out a fight proposal in the line with other fighters who want a piece of Mike, it’s below me.”
    But Bowe, who once lost all his money, won’t accept anything less than “$1million or $2m” to fight… because he’s better than Tyson.

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    He said: “I won’t take less than a million dollars – and even two million.
    “That’s just the pay purse, plus pay per view. I deserve that.
    “I have an impeccable record of 43-1 record. It’s far better than Mike’s.
    “I’ve never been knocked out before. Mike has against Lennox Lewis,Danny Williams, Evander Holyfield, James Douglas…”

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    Tyson Fury shows off new MINI as 6ft 9in Gypsy King squeezes in for ride around Morecambe

    TYSON FURY has proudly shown off his new purchase – a 1993 MINI Cooper – as the 6ft 9in star squeezed in for quick spin around Morecambe.
    The Gypsy King, 31, has owned super-expensive Rolls Royces, Ferraris and Range Rovers down the years.

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    Tyson Fury showed off his new ride… a 1993 MINI CooperCredit: Instagram @gypsyking101

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    Tyson Fury looked delighted with his retro purchaseCredit: Instagram @gypsyking101
    But Fury, proud of his humble roots, has swapped them all out for the “iconic British vehicle”.
    Speaking to the camera, Fury is seen crammed into the tiny, original model MINI Cooper in high spirits, with kids in the back.
    Tyson gleefully said: “Hello there, everybody. Just thought I’d drive around Morecambe in my new car.
    “Taking in the sights in a real iconic British vehicle… the MINI Cooper. Cherry red.”

    With a cheeky wink and a thumbs up to the camera, Fury whizzed off to explore his hometown.
    Football stars N’Golo Kante and Bruno Fernandes have famously driven around in MINIs in recent years.
    The on-fire Portuguese star even took his for a spin to training on Friday.
    But both Fernandes and Kante drive the modern, bigger, BMW-owned MINIs you see so often on the roads today.

    Fury, though, has opted for the original, super-small, retro model.
    The classic MINI is enjoying something of a renaissance among old school car lovers.
    But even then, the 27-year-old vehicle goes for this side of £10,000.

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    Fury gave fans a wink and a thumbs up as he drove off around MorecambeCredit: Instagram @gypsyking101

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    His latest buy should come as no surprise though, with the Gypsy King recently admitting he’s given up the “flash life”.
    The heavyweight champion admitted: “I used to love leading the flash life, like most red-blooded young men.
    “No longer. I’m not interested in material possessions. Not any more. They mean nothing.”

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    Tyson Fury sparring partner David Adeleye wipes floor on heavyweight return as officials clean ring and refs wear masks

    TYSON FURY’S sparring partner David Adeleye wiped the floor with Matt Gordon on British boxing’s heavyweight return.
    The sweet science returned to TV screens from a sterilised BT Sport studio, with officials spraying the ring between bouts, referees wearing masks and not a fan in sight.

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    David Adeleye scored a stoppage win on heavyweight boxing’s return

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    Referees had to wear masks as they officiated bouts

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    Officials clean the ring as David Haye provided punditry in the BT studio

    Adeleye, 23, took his London rival Gordon out in two brutal rounds to take his record to 2-0.
    And now he is free to impersonate Deontay Wilder again as the Gypsy King prepare for this year’s trilogy fight after taking out Matt Gordon in two rounds.
    Adeleye said: “The guys that I spar have good chins and we work on different things.
    “It’s a learning process that never ends.

    “I thought come July I’d be 5-0, I’m 2-0 so it’s put a hold on everything.”
    Adeleye started fast in the opening round but struggled to find home with his telling right hand.
    But it was all over in the second as the novice Londoner backed Gordon up against the ropes and unleashed relenting right hands until the ref stopped the fight.
    The win came as veteran promoter Frank Warren staged the nation’s first night of fights since lockdown and extreme measures were taken in order to ensure the show ran as safely as possible.

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    Adeleye moved to 2-0 as he breezed past Matt Gordon in two rounds
    British Board of Boxing Control chief Robert Smith – who has allowed only five fights per event – was ringside to oversee proceedings.
    Warren announced all 104 coronavirus tests carried out on boxers and staff involved in the show over the last seven days came back negative.
    Referees had to wear face masks during fights before then showering if they were to officiate another bout.
    After each contest officials strenuously cleaned in and around the ring, wiping down everything from the canvas to the ropes.
    Boxers, who were joined with their bubble of one trainer and another team member, would have to empty their gloves and hand wraps after every fight – in individual bins.
    Coaches were required visor masks in the corner and in possession of a specially made spit bucket.

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    Lightweight Mark Chamberlain, 21, kicked off proceedings with a one-sided beating off 29-year-old Stu Greener.
    Daniel Dubois’ chief sparring partner Dorin Krasmaru, 27, then followed up with a laboured points win over four rounds against Phil Williams, 34.
    Hamzah Sheeraz, 21, retained his WBO super-welterweight strap against Paul Kean, 27, and dedicated the win to his beloved auntie who died from Covid-19.

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    Hamzah Sheeraz dedicates win on return to British boxing to his beloved auntie Shabnum who passed away from Covid-19

    HAMZAH SHEERAZ honoured his greatest fan with an emotional win against Paul Kean.
    The gigantic 6ft 3in super-welterweight fought for the first time since his beloved auntie Shabnum Sadiq tragically passed away from Covid-19.

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    Hamzah Sheeraz dedicates win on return to British boxing to his beloved auntie Shabnum who passed away from Covid-19 
    And after the win, Sheeraz 21, said: “I’d like to dedicate this win to my auntie who passed away of Covid-19.
    “Hopefully she’s looking down on me and is proud.”
    Shabnum — his aunt and a mother of five — lost her life to Covid- 19 in April, leaving her family, including 13-year-old quadruplets, devastated.
    Sheeraz used gruelling training sessions to distract from the agony, but was comforted by knowing he has the rest of his career to honour her.

    And the Slough-born comfortably cruised to 11-0 and defended his WBO European title at the same time with a dominant victory over six rounds.
    He came out in the opening round patiently edging out his jab but half way through landed a perfectly timed short right hand which chopped down on the chin of ex-kickboxer Kean.
    The challenger regained his composure and was able to make it through to the bell.

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    Switching body to head throughout with constant work, Sheeraz walked down Kean with his hands up and landed the occasional right hand through the guard.

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    Riddick Bowe reveals all about life after boxing: From multi-millionaire with flash cars… to skint trucker

    RIDDICK BOWE was once boxing’s heavyweight champion of the world, filthy rich and boasting a driveway filled with flash cars.
    But after hanging up his gloves, his life derailed.

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    Riddick Bowe has opened up about his life after boxingCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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    Bowe spent 17 months in prison for kidnapping his familyCredit: AP:Associated Press
    As well as an aborted enlistment in the Marines and a 17-month prison term for kidnapping his family, Bowe was also forced to file for bankruptcy.
    Bowe, now 52, won the world heavyweight title in 1992 – before promptly throwing the belt in the bin in protest over being forced into fighting Lennox Lewis.
    All in all, “Big Daddy” won 43 of his 45 career fights, losing just once, with 33 KOs.
    After retiring, the boxing legend tried to make his mother proud by joining the Marines, only to quit after three days of training.

    In 1998, he tried to save his marriage by kidnapping estranged wife Judy and their five kids – threatening her with a knife, handcuffs, duct tape and pepper spray before forcing them into his car.
    During the chaos, Bowe stabbed his wife in the chest and was sentenced to 18 months to two years in prison.
    After his legal team asked for a smaller sentence, blaming brain damage caused by boxing, his term was cut to just 30 days.
    But on appeal it was bumped back up again to 17 months.

    Bowe declared himself bankrupt in 2005 before making a comeback to boxing – and then attempting to forge a career for himself in wrestling – to make ends meet.
    Incredibly, Bowe turned to trucking and driving a bus to pay the bills.
    Having once been worth millions and owning a luxury mansion and three Rolls Royces, it was a tough pill to swallow.

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    Riddick Bowe was crowned heavyweight champion in 1992Credit: Getty Images – Getty

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    Bowe enlisted in the Marines only to quit after three days of trainingCredit: Reuters
    But now Bowe has exclusively told SunSport all about his experiences.
    In a warning to the heavyweight boxers of today, Bowe warned: “Control your expenses and budget.
    “Control your income and your outgoings. If you don’t have a lot of income coming in then be more conservative.
    “Learn to not overspend. Don’t try to impress others, be yourself and live.”
    “Understand the budget, have a financial advisor, have folks around you who are able to advice you correctly.
    “As a fighter, you have to have a house, you have to have a trainer, you have to pay all these people, and you have an accountant.
    “Instead of building a massive mansion, live in a smaller one.
    “Don’t fly on a private plane when you can take a car where you’re going, don’t go to fancy casinos when you don’t have to, don’t stay at big hotels when you can stay in an average hotel.
    “Look into your expenses and put together a budget.”

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    Bowe has warned boxers of today to look after their money, unlike himselfCredit: Reuters
    Bowe also warned the likes of Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua against con artists pretending to be financial experts.
    He continued: “Usually a lot of fighters are taken advantage of by folks who are just there for the fame and fortune… they don’t care about the fighter.
    “Ninety-nine per cent of the so-called financial experts have zero experience – they don’t even have a thousand dollars to their name.
    “That’s because they’re just trying to make a buck coming in taking advantage of a fighter who lets them into his world.
    “Have the right financial advisors and if you want to take it a step further, have a pension plan.”
    Bowe also opened up about his time driving a bus and trucking, admitting he “love it”.
    The Brooklyn-born fighter continued: “Yeah, I was involved in trucking and I drove briefly. I loved it, it was a lot of fun.
    “I really enjoyed the camaraderie of being able to go down the highway. I enjoy driving it relaxes me.
    “I’ve always considered myself as a regular type guy. I was sitting around home and thought why not have a new career?
    “So I pursued that for some time and enjoyed it and it helped my mind to be free with no worries.
    “You move on – I did after a while of that.
    “When I was at training camps I used to take the bus because I was scared of flying.
    “I had my own promotional bus called ‘Bowe Bus’ which I used to travel the country in.”
    ACTING & MUSIC
    But Bowe also recalled the good times post-retirement, including acting – with a cameo on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – and music.
    Bowe said: “I was involved in acting. I did a cameo on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air with Will Smith, who is a good friend.
    “For many years I was involved with the legendary hip hop artist B.I.G – I was in one of his music videos: More Money, More Problems.
    “I knew him well, growing up in Brooklyn.
    “I remember walking down the street back in the 1980s, Christopher Wallace is his real name, he would be on the corner and we would hang out and talk.
    “He would come to a lot of my amateur fights. I won the Golden Gloves, he was in the audience.
    “Just like Mike Tyson, I was pretty close to Christopher.”
    In a final word of warning to current champion boxers, Bowe urged them to always remain “humble” and help others.

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    Riddick Bowe has urged current boxing champs to stay groundedCredit: AP:Associated Press
    Bowe revealed: “The most important lesson I’ve learned is to always be humble.
    “I’m a people’s champion… I represent the common man. A real champion is one who does this.
    “Helping others and fighting for a bigger cause is something that I’ve always believed in.
    “I did a lot of charity and I believe in helping others.
    “During one of my 1995 fights there was a boy who had been hit by lightning and had to have his leg amputated.
    “The boy’s family had written a letter. I said I want to donate money for the house, $100,000, which had been struck with lightning, but also for the medical bills for the boy.
    “I did and the boy has perfect legs and is a friend of mine to this day.
    “I say this not to boast, but one of my missions have been to help others in life.

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    “I’m more than interested in doing a charity fight now – although I’m equally happy to have a pro fight.
    “After all, it will help raise money also for a cause.
    “I visited Nelson Mandela in South Africa. I have always been a great supporter of Nelson Mandela and the civil rights.
    “I was born at a time the civil rights were going on in America.
    “I did what I could to help support him when it came to help end apartheid.”

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    Vasily Lomachenko begins training camp for Teofimo Lopez with October 3 date pencilled in for unification fight

    VSAILY LOMACHENKO has kicked off his training camp for his fight with Teofimo Lopez – with October 3 pencilled in for the unification fight.
    The pair were due to fight in April before the coronavirus pandemic wiped out boxing across the globe.

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    Vasily Lomachenko has started training to face Teofimo Lopez in a lightweight unification on October 3

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    Lopez and Lomachenko were due to fight in April before the coronavirus pandemic wiped out boxing across the globe
    But after promoter Bob Arum started staging events behind closed doors at the end of June, Lomachenko’s manager Egis Klimas told ESPN the Ukrainian has officially began preparing for his ring return.
    And the unified champion will have three months to prepare for Lopez.
    Arum told BoxingScene: “Loma-Lopez, we had scheduled it for September 19 as the working date but now it will probably go on pay-per-view and that means the working date now is October 3.”
    Arum hopes crowds can return at a reduced capacity towards the end of the year and believes Lomachenko could fight with fans in attendance

    He said: “Right now, with the spike going on Nevada we couldn’t schedule it even with limited spectators.
    “Hopefully, and we have some time, we’re looking to do that fight for 2,000 or maybe 2,500 people.”
    Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, who are set to fight in December, are already being lined up to headline at the Raiders Allegiant Stadium in Vegas.

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    DuBoef told ESPN: “It’s still too early to determine everything.
    “I’m not sure that fight happens with fans.”

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