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    Canelo Alvarez to take huge hit on £28m-per-fight payday with no crowds as opponents snub bout because of lower fee

    CANELO ALVAREZ looks set to take a huge hit on his near £28million-per-fight deal due to a lack of crowds and opponents snubbing him due to the lower fee.
    Golden Boy Promotions President Eric Gomez has confirmed John Ryder and WBA super middleweight champion Callum Smith are potential fights for the Mexican.

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    Canelo Alvarez will take a huge hit on his near £28m-a-fight dealCredit: AFP
    But he also claimed it would be much easier to arrange a fight with a US opponent instead due to the restrictions in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
    Canelo is due to return to the ring in Las Vegas on September 14 but it is still to be confirmed who will be in the opposite corner.
    That depends on the finances involved – with Canelo himself not due to get his usual bumper fee.
    The 29-year-old four-weight world champ penned an 11-fight deal with DAZN in 2018 worth £289m.

    But with his next clash due to be behind-closed-doors, there will be no revenue from ticket sales.
    And both David Lemieux and Sergiy Derevyanchenko have already stated they are not willing to battle the star for a low fee.

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    Canelo has been the highest-paid sports star per appearance over the past year
    Speaking to Sky Sports, Gomez said: “There is a very good chance [Canelo could face Smith or Ryder].
    “There are a couple of guys we are looking at as a possibility.

    “[If we get an opponent in the United States we don’t have to deal with any visa restrictions that have been imposed by the government.
    “If there is someone already here in the US? That helps. It is more difficult now because of the restrictions.
    “The borders are not all open so it isn’t easy to bring some fighters to the US.
    “It all depends on the negotiations. We are not living in the world that we lived in last year.”

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    He also confirmed: “Canelo will be taking a significant pay cut.
    “It depends on the negotiations.
    “Anybody willing to come to the table and be reasonable, he will fight.
    “We are not discarding any of the top guys.”

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    Dillian Whyte accuses Floyd Mayweather of ‘cherry-picking’ his opponents and slams historic Conor McGregor fight

    BRITISH heavyweight hero Dillian Whyte has accused Floyd Mayweather of “cherry-picking” his opponents.
    The 32-year-old, who is planning to take on UFC star Francis Ngannou, also criticised Mayweather’s boxing match with MMA icon Conor McGregor.

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    Dillian Whyte has been critical of Mayweather’s ‘cherry-picking’ of opponentsCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

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    The American defeated Conor McGregor back in 2017
    Speaking with Sirius XM, via World Boxing News, Whyte said: “I want to fight the best.
    “A lot of guys cherry-pick, Like Floyd Mayweather with Conor McGregor.
    “We all knew Floyd was going to beat McGregor.
    “Anyone with any sense knows in a boxing match Floyd’s going to beat him because Conor ain’t got the skill.

    “But I am trying to make this thing happen with someone who is competitive and someone who can win in Francis Ngannou.
    “He can win a boxing match against me because he carries power and he’s active.
    “Also, he’s young and he’s fresh. He has an air of invincibility about him. We said we will do one in the ring and one in the cage.”

    If I can beat him in a ring and beat him in a cage, I will be the greatest combat athlete of all time.
    Dillian Whyte

    Previously WBC interim title-holder, 27-1 puncher Whyte is believed by many to be on the cusp of a title shot against Tyson Fury.

    But ahead of his August 22 bout with Alexander Povetkin, he remains determined to keep challenging himself.
    He continued: “I am not one of those dudes that says, ‘oh I just wanna do it on my terms’. No, I am out there trying to make history.
    “If I can beat him in a ring and beat him in a cage, I will be the greatest combat athlete of all time.

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    Francis Ngannou has shown himself to be a fearsome competitor in the UFCCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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    “I come from kickboxing. And I have tried MMA fights so I am alright. I can take care of myself.
    “Francis is active in a cage. He’s a top heavyweight and he’s been putting people to sleep.
    “I ain’t scared and I’m down to do it both ways.”

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    Eden Hazard adds £500,000 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ to his stunning car collection as he shows off new motor in training

    EDEN HAZARD has revved up his Real Madrid career by buying a £500,000 Lamborghini.
    The former Chelsea idol has helped the Bernabeu club hit the fast lane towards the LaLiga title following a slow start.

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    Eden Hazard has splashed out on a new £500k Lamborghini

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    The Belgian drove the Aventador SVJ to training

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    The ex-Chelsea man’s car collection is now worth more than £1MILLION
    And 29-year-old Hazard has now splashed out over half a million euros on a Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.
    The supercar can do over 217 mph, and go from 0-60 in an incredible 2.8 seconds.
    Belgium international Hazard turned heads when rolling up for training in the Lambo on Sunday.
    And he found favour with Real’s fans by choosing a simple white paint job for the car – matching the club’s colours – rather than opting for a more adventurous shade.

    Hazard has made 20 appearances for Los Blancos, scoring once, in an injury-hit debut season in Spain.

    Questions were raised early on whether the playmaker was good value for his record £90million transfer.
    However he has since helped Zinedine Zidane’s men to the brink of the title.
    They lead arch-rivals Barcelona by a point, with a game in hand, before Monday night’s trip to mid-table Granada.

    Hazard is a well know petrol head and the Lambo is just the latest in an impressive motor collection.
    The midfielder has been spotted in various rides over the years, including a Mercedes-Benz AMG GTR, Audi R8 V10, BMW X6, Audi RS4 Avant, Range Rover, Aston Martin Vanquish and Mercedes C Class.
    Audi R8 V10

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    The Audi R8 V10 that’s part of Hazard’s collection is worth £110kCredit: Handout
    Able to hit a top speed of 205mph, Hazard would never be late to Chelsea’s Cobham training ground driving this car.
    Brazil star Neymar also owns an R8, so Hazard’s in good company.
    Price: Around £110k
    BMW X6

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    The BMW X6 is the perfect family car for Hazard, a dad of threeCredit: Handout
    A stylish and reliable SUV, the classic number ten often took his X6 for a spin on match day.
    As a family man, this roomy ‘Beamer’ is also perfect to drive around his missus, Natacha Van Honacker and their three kids for a day out.
    Price: From £60k
    Audi RS4 Avant

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    Hazard loves an Audi
    A regular standard among footballers, including Real Madrid and Barcelona’s elite – who have deals with the car giants – Hazard loves the Audi brand.
    Price: From £60,290
    Range Rover Sport

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    The Range Rover Sport is Hazard’s preference when leaving training
    A Range Rover… every footballer should own one and more or less most of them do.
    Hazard’s preference is the sport model because it’s comfortable and the ideal ride for when he finishes training and can stretch his legs.
    Should be more than enough room for his 5’8″ frame.
    Price: From £60,760
    Aston Martin Vanquish

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    The most expensive car in Hazard’s collection was the classy Aston Martin Vanquish worth £199,950 but the Lambo blows it out the waterCredit: Paul Tonge – The Sun

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    Is classy Hazard pondering what motor to get next?Credit: Reuters
    A classy gents’ car, the Vanquish was the most expensive motor in Hazard’s collection.
    James Bond star Daniel Craig once owned a limited edition version, which was sold at an auction for £344,000.
    Price: From £199,950
    Mercedes C-Class

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    Cool Hazard is a motor car enthusiast

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    The cheapest car in Hazard’s collection is a £32k C-ClassCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk
    The luxury C-Class has been part of the German brand’s make-up since 1993, when it was first introduced.
    It was also one of the first cars Hazard rocked up in when he signed for Chelsea from Lille back in 2012. Needless to say, he’s moved on since.
    Price: From £32,260
    And finally, Mercedes-Benz AMG GTR

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    Hazard’s AMG GTR reaches a top speed of 197.6 mphCredit: Getty – Contributor
    Perhaps the best-looking in his collection, Hazard has a AMG GTR which has a horse power of 430 kW and top speed of 197.6 mph.

    Aston Villa and Man City legend Gareth Barry once had one once upon a time too.
    Price: From £99,245
    That gives us a grand total more £1.1m! Now, that’s not to be sniffed at.

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    Barcelona president ‘doubts PSG will put Neymar on market’ but confirms transfer talks with Inter for Lautaro Martinez

    BARCELONA president Josep Bartomeu has thrown cold water over speculation of Neymar moving to the Nou Camp but confirmed transfer talks with Lautaro Matinez. 
    PSG broke the bank by splashing out £198m to land Neymar in 2017 but the Brazilian ace has rejected attempts to extend his deal, which expires in 2022.

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    It is unlikely that PSG will put Neymar on the market this summer, according to reports
    Neymar has long been linked with a return to the Catalan giants and their latest attempt to prize the marksman away from the  French capital includes Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele going the other way.
    But as reported by Mundo Deportivo, Nou Camp chief Bartomeu reckons it is unlikely that Les Parisiens will put the Brazilian golden boy on the market given the financial uncertainty in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
    He said: “it is a very difficult market for all clubs, especially.”
    Transfer fees are predicted to plummet and lavish £90m-plus moves are likely to be a distant memory.

    Nobody can guarantee contracts after a pandemic and wages, investment and expenses are set to take a big hit, so PSG may wait at least a year until they can cash in for the best possible price.
    It would also be a major blow for the club to lose Neymar given that he has scored 69 goals in just 80 appearances for the French giants.
    In that time, they have also won all three Ligue 1 titles as well as the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue in 2018.
    Bartomeu admitted that the club have approached Inter Milan regarding their star man Martinez.

    The Argentine striker has been a target for the Catalan giants for much of the season, having scored 17 goals in 38 games so far this term.
    Inter’s sporting director recently confirmed that Martinez can join Barcelona this summer but only if his £100million release clause is met.
    And this has proved a stumbling block for the La Liga giants who will reportedly not fork out the eye-watering release clause, having been forced to tighten the pursestrings after the coronavirus pandemic.

    Barcelona need to balance the books before landing big-money targets with up to seven players up for grabs.
    Dembele, Coutinho, Nelson Semedo, Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic have been told they are free to leave.
    The Catalan Giants believe that Martinez’s value could drop especially if the player tells Inter chiefs that he wants out.

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    Pig farmer drops allegations against Tyson Fury after claiming he was paid to lie and clear boxer over failed drugs test

    THE PIG farmer who claimed he was offered £25k to lie about Tyson Fury’s failed drugs test has dropped his allegations.
    The 70-year-old Martin Carefoot, from Lancashire, is no longer helping the investigation into the Gypsy King’s positive test for anabolic steroid nandrolone in February 2015.

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    Martin Carefoot, the pig farmer who claimed he was offered £25k to lie about Tyson Fury’s failed drugs test, has withdrawn his allegationsCredit: Matthew Pover Limited.
    The WBC heavyweight champion and cousin, fellow boxer Hughie Fury, both tested positive for nandrolone after a urine test.
    Fury was then accused of refusing to provide another sample for further testing in September 2016.
    Both fighters denied doping and have always maintained that the banned substance was due to contaminated fitness supplements or because they had eaten uncastrated wild boar regularly.
    Wild boar meat and offal includes entrails and internal organs and is believed to bring a rise in natural levels of nandrolone in the body.

    That theory was backed up by Carefoot, who confirmed he supplied the Fury’s with the meat initially.

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    Tyson Fury and cousin Hughie Fury both tested positive for nandrolone after a urine testCredit: Reuters
    But back in March he alleged he had been bribed to provide a false statement to clear the duo when the investigation was restarted.
    He said: “I feel fed up with the lies and deceit. The public needs to know the truth.
    “I’m happy the public know what all this is about. I feel cheated and used.”

    Now he has performed a shock U-turn by withdrawing those claims.
    Carefoot told the Times: “I’ve had nothing but problems right from the beginning of this, and I don’t want to get involved.”
    He originally provided written statements stating he supplied wild boar to the Fury’s at their Bolton gym.

    And he said he had been approached by a member of the champ’s team who “was looking to purchase large amounts of high quality, fresh meat on a regular basis for Tyson Fury and Hughie Fury – two professional boxers who had very specific diets with high-protein requirements”.
    In his statement, he said: “I supplied one fully butchered wild boar pig to Team Fury generally every three to six weeks.
    “Although some customers would only want specific cuts, Team Fury were keen to utilise the whole animal, including liver, kidney and other offal.
    “Once the animal was slaughtered/butchered, I would place the meat in plastic trays – which were clearly labelled.”
    But four months ago he then alleged his statements were fabricated, and he had never kept or killed a board or delivered to the Fury camp – saying he was paying back “a few favours” with his initial letter.

    But he ran into difficulties when asked to produce photo evidence of keeping wild and uncastrated boar.
    Carefoot confessed the photos he did originally send in were not from his farm, but at from the Bowland Wild Boar Park in Chipping. 
    And he said he had never received a £25k fee from Team Fury.
    He said: “I have never kept wild boar. I have never killed a wild boar.
    “The closest I’ve ever got to a wild boar is when we once got some for a customer in the shop, and I actually chopped it up, and that’s the closest I’ve ever come.”

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    When explaining the reason behind his false testimony, he claimed: “I was in too deep. They were dangling this carrot.
    “I thought, ‘You’re going to get 25 grand for this.’ I thought, ‘It’s not a hanging matter.’ And so I went along with it.”
    Both Tyson and Hughie Fury eventually accepted a two-year ban that was backdated – which many felt was only a minor penalty.
    But then came Carefoot’s claims but he has now withdrawn them.

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    Police were told by UKAD about the farmer’s bribe allegations.
    A statement from them said: “UK Anti-Doping has alerted Lancashire police to this matter and is working closely with them.
    “Due to the continuing nature of the matter we cannot make any further comment at this time.”
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    Man Utd fan relieved after betting £55,000 inheritance on Liverpool winning Premier League title

    A GAMBLER breathed a massive sigh of relief after betting his £55,000 inheritance on Liverpool winning the Premier League.
    Manchester United fan Tony Ward, 55, had been waiting nervously on his mega-flutter since March’s lockdown.

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    Credit: SWNS:South West News Service
    But the dad of three collected £91,000, including his stake, when Jürgen Klopp’s side were confirmed as champions last month.
    Tony inherited £55,000 when his mum Rose died in 2017 aged 82 — and put the lot on Liverpool back in October, at odds of 4/6.
    He said: “Liverpool were always looking like they could win the title. I picked them after a long, long debate.”
    He then watched Liverpool streak ahead of Manchester City, with the title a mere formality — until the coronavirus lockdown came.

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    Credit: SWNS:South West News Service
    Tony, who calls himself an “armchair” Man United supporter, then had an agonising wait before the season eventually restarted in mid-June,
    He said: “I would have got my stake back, I think, if the season had been cancelled. But that would have been unfair.
    “Liverpool were that far clear. They only needed six points.”
    The Kop idols, managed by Klopp, quickly got those, clinching their first top-flight title in 30 years and earning Tony his payout from Ladbrokes.

    He is now planning a foreign getaway while keeping the rest in the bank.

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    Credit: Getty – Contributor

    He added: “I fancy a big holiday. The rest is for a rainy day.”
    Tony, of Bradford, West Yorks, said of his mum: “She wouldn’t have minded what I did with the money — not at all. She liked a flutter!
    “She liked the horses. But I’d give it all back to have my mum still around.”

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    Credit: SWNS:South West News Service

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    Wesley Sneijder comes out of retirement aged 36 as Real Madrid legend begins training with Dutch club DHSC

    DUTCH legend Wesley Sneijder is dusting off his boots to come out of retirement at the age of 36.
    According to RTV Utrecht, The former Real Madrid and Inter Milan star is set to begin training with amateur side DHSC on July 27 in the Netherlands.

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    Wesley Sneijder is coming out of retirement in Holland
    The Holland hero will build up his fitness with the fifth-tier side based in Utrecht.
    He quit the pro game back in August after finishing his career with spells at Galatasaray, Nice and Qatari outfit Al-Gharafa.
    His decision to come out of retirement comes just weeks after old international team-mate Arjen Robben sensationally performed his own career U-turn.
    Robben, also 36, made an emotional return to boyhood club FC Groningen, the side where he started his career, after being persuaded to make the move by his wife.

    Sneijder, capped a record 134 times by his country, is believed to be interested in a return to top-flight football with FC Utrecht in the Eredivisie.
    He has a great relationship with the club and the former playmaker is often spotted at Stadion Galgenwaard watching home games from a box.
    Sneijder was born in Utrecht but never played for his hometown team, instead bursting onto the scene via the Ajax academy.

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    But that could be set to change as technical director Jordy Zuidam admitted the club are interested in a deal provided Sneidjer is in good shape.

    The midfielder has piled on the pounds in retirement and recently spoke about his booze hell as vodka became his “best friend”.
    He confessed to becoming a party boy in the Spanish capital and has seen two marriages collapse amid his battle with the bottle.

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