HOT OR NOT: Mike Tyson benefits from a terrible boxing concept ahead of bout with Roy Jones Jr and what more does Marcus Rashford need to do to meet the BBC’s criteria for Sports Personality of the Year shortlist?
- Mike Tyson will return to the ring to fight Roy Jones Jr with a bizarre set of rules
- The 54-year-old boxing legend will pocket £7.5m for a 16-minute exhibition bout
- Adam Peaty has impressively broken two world records despite a disrupted year
- Marcus Rashford is set to miss out on the Sports Personality of the Year award
- Manchester United are being held to ransom for millions by cyberhackers
It’s hot or Not time again as Sportsmail’s Riath Al-Samarrai reveals what’s been making him feel warm and what’s been leaving him cold this week.
The concept is horrible, the rules are a mess and boxing looks weak for allowing the freak show to happen. And yet Tyson, aged 54, is being paid £7.5million to spar for 16 minutes with Roy Jones Jr.
We are entitled to worry about two old men having a scrap, but pity more the punters who have any great expectations for what they’re buying.
Mike Tyson will return to the ring at the age of 54 for an exhibition bout with Roy Jones Jr
Tyson will adhere to some bizarre rules in his fight Jones Jr with knock-outs not allowed
He spent a chunk of his year training in a five-metre flume pool in his garden, which is worth remembering when you consider that Peaty’s disrupted season has yielded two world records in the past month. An obscene athlete. And possibly a dolphin.
There is occasionally too much haste in the anointing of successors to the big three of men’s tennis. But there would be nothing rash in a bet on Medvedev.
The Russian’s victory at the Tour Finals in London would suggest he might have more staying power than most in that race.
Daniil Medvedev’s victory in London suggests he could regularly contend against the big three
With Marcus Rashford poised to be left off the Sports Personality shortlist, you really have to wonder about its purpose.
It is somewhat baffling that a footballer capable of forcing a U-turn from the Government was not sufficiently qualified to meet the rigid criteria of the SPOTY panel.
Marcus Rashford is set to miss out on the Sports Personality shortlist despite his off-field work
While the whole business around this cyber-attack and ransom is quite serious, you are inclined to wonder if they could offer midfielder Paul Pogba to the hackers and have done with it. The risk of course is that it would just provoke them.
His thoughts and theories on football are among the most influential in the history of the game.
His thoughts on the uneven distribution of fans at stadiums around the country under the tier system? Probably best ignored.
He would seemingly rather all clubs, big and small, plough into the wall at equal speed, rather than his side lose a modicum of competitive advantage.
Marcelo Bielsa complained other teams have an advantage as Leeds are to enter Tier 3