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Floyd Mayweather, 43, lined up to fight ex-world champion Takashi Uchiyama who boasts devastating one-punch KO power

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FLOYD MAYWEATHER is being lined up to face former super-featherweight world champion Takashi Uchiyama.

Mayweather has intentions to return to Japan, the scene he made £7million for beating kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in a 2018 exhibition bout.

Floyd Mayweather is being lined up to face former super-featherweight world champion Takashi Uchiyama

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Floyd Mayweather is being lined up to face former super-featherweight world champion Takashi Uchiyama
Mayweather beat Tenshin Nasukawa in Japan in 2018

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Mayweather beat Tenshin Nasukawa in Japan in 2018 Credit: AFP

And according to eFight, MMA promotion RIZIN are working to bring the 43-year-old back to the Far East, with ex-WBA champion Uchiyama their targeted opponent.

The 40-year-old retired in 2016, a year before Mayweather, after losing consecutive fights to Jezreel Corrales, but was famed for his power with 20 KO’s in 24 wins.

We revealed Mayweather was in talks with RIZIN to make a comeback, but was unable to travel amid the coronavirus pandemic – even on his private jet.

Promoter Nobuyuki Sakakibara later confirmed he expects the American to again lace up the gloves – but stressed the hurdles they face to finalise a deal.

Sakakibara told Japanese press: “Mayweather vs Takashi Uchiyama is the most exciting.

“There are various problems such as immigration, opponents, money, etc.

“But communication with the person is progressing positively. I expect the possibility.”

“We are still in talks, but when the time is right, both parties are willing to make things happen. It just needs to make sense for both parties.

RIZIN confirm talks of Mayweather comeback

Mayweather officially retired in 2017 after beating UFC star Conor McGregor in ten rounds.

And after his brief cameo a year later, the five-division champion expressed his desire on several occasions to compete in more money-spinning exhibitions.

SunSport can confirm talks are still ongoing between Mayweather and RIZIN which would see the former pound-for-pound king come out of retirement.

The promotion said: “Floyd Mayweather and his team liked the setup, atmosphere, the crowd and overall had a good time in their last time in RIZIN,  and are very eager to be coming back and fighting in Japan once again. 

“We are still in talks, but when the time is right, both parties are willing to make things happen. It just needs to make sense for both parties. 

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“As a promotion and a business, both parties have to benefit from the event.

“As long as that relationship can be established, we are,  and have been willing to work with anybody.”

But due to the Japanese Boxing Commissions strict rules on overseeing all bouts, RIZIN face a fight to get the green light for another Mayweather return.

To get around the situation, the unbeaten legend could again be forced to compete in an exhibition bout.

RIZIN confirmed they will return with back-to-back shows on August 9 and then the following day. 

Officials are hoping to have a reduced crowd filling 50 per cent of the 10,000 capacity Pia Arena MM in Yokohama.

But due to travel restrictions, Mayweather is all but ruled out fighting next month.

A source said: “Mayweather fighting in August would be highly unlikely.

“The Japanese boarders for international travellers are still shut down, so even if he flies out to Narita in his private jet, he wouldn’t be able to clear customs at the moment.”

Mayweather may not be able to travel to Japan even in his private jet

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Mayweather may not be able to travel to Japan even in his private jet
RIZIN promoter Nobuyuki Sakakibara with Mayweather in 2018

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RIZIN promoter Nobuyuki Sakakibara with Mayweather in 2018 Credit: Reuters
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Roma to make Man Utd final offer for Chris Smalling after eight months of haggling over £18m transfer fee

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ROMA are readying one last move for Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling, according to reports.

The ex-England international was a hit last season on loan in the Italian capital.

Smalling made 37 appearances on loan at Roma

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Smalling made 37 appearances on loan at RomaCredit: Alamy Live News

But having been unable to come to an agreement that would have extended his stay even for the resumed Europa League last month, Roma are now refusing to match the Red Devils’ £18million valuation.

According to Corriere dello Sport, Roma’s final offer will be a £1.8m loan, with an obligation to buy for £12m and a further £900k in 2022.

Club chiefs are readying themselves to be turned down, however, especially after manager Paulo Fonseca angered United bosses by admitting that he was in regular contact with Smalling, 30.



The Roma boss said: “I am confident Chris will return to Rome.

“We are working on Smalling. I am always in contact with him, even yesterday I spoke with him, he wants to come back and we want to have him back.

“I think that in the next few days we could have him back here with us.”

Roma chiefs are now considering backup options, with Galatasaray defender Marcao, 24, and Torino star Armando Izzo, 28, on their wishlist.

Smalling, meanwhile, has been reporting for training at Carrington.

Smalling was one of a number of United stars to head to Italy last year

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Smalling was one of a number of United stars to head to Italy last yearCredit: Reuters

The United veteran, however, has been arriving earlier than his team-mates and training alone.

Should Roma fail with their final bid, Smalling could be offered another Old Trafford escape route.

SunSport exclusively revealed last week that Inter Milan are eyeing up the 31-cap star as a potential loan signing.

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Bournemouth test their players for coronavirus after a late request by Manchester City

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Bournemouth have tested their players for Covid ahead of Thursday night’s League Cup clash with Manchester City, Sportsmail has learned.

The Cherries decided to bring in testing despite both clubs initially not deeming it necessary.

As previously reported, a number of Premier League clubs have offered to pay for their opponents to conduct the tests, while others have not. 

Bournemouth's player will be tested for Covid-19 - at the club's expense - ahead of their Carabao Cup tie against Manchester City on Thursday night

Bournemouth’s player will be tested for Covid-19 – at the club’s expense – ahead of their Carabao Cup tie against Manchester City on Thursday night

Bournemouth sold defender Nathan Ake to Manchester City for £41m over the summer

Bournemouth sold defender Nathan Ake to Manchester City for £41m over the summer

Following discussions, City offered to pay for the Cherries – relegated from the top flight last season – to bring in testing. 

But the south coast club decided to stump up for it themselves and were tested this morning. They are hoping to receive the results before they set off for the Etihad Stadium tomorrow.

Bournemouth played at Middlesbrough, whose manager Neil Warnock has tested positive for the virus, on Saturday in front of 1,000 fans.

City and Bournemouth hold a strong relationship. In the summer, Pep Guardiola’s side paid £41m for Cherries defender Nathan Ake and Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn is a lifelong City fan.

Dominic Solanke (No 9, centre) scored in Bournemouth's 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough

Dominic Solanke (No 9, centre) scored in Bournemouth’s 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough 

1,000 spectators were in attendance for Saturday's Championship fixture at the Riverside

1,000 spectators were in attendance for Saturday’s Championship fixture at the Riverside

Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the game

Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the game

Premier League players are tested frequently but that is not the case in the EFL, unless players have been on international duty.

On Tuesday night it emerged that West Ham manager David Moyes and tested positive before their match with Hull City, along with Hammers players Issa Diop and Josh Cullen, while Tottenham’s clash with Leyton Orient was called off when the majority of the League Two Os squad did likewise. 

Spurs had paid for the tests, while Hull declined West Ham’s offer to pay for theirs.

As reported this morning, Premier League clubs have been split on whether to pay for their opponents’ testing. 

City’s cross-town rivals United did not fork out for tests for Luton’s players, ahead of last night’s fixture at Kenilworth Road.

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Liverpool new boy Thiago refuses to touch famous ‘This is Anfield’ sign after Fernando Torres chat

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Thiago is endearing himself to Liverpool fans on and off the pitch already, revealing his respect for an important club tradition. 

The £25million signing from Bayern Munich was followed by a camera crew on his first day at Anfield when he was unveiled. 

He stopped underneath the famous ‘This is Anfield’ sign above the tunnel leading out to the pitch explained that he learned about it from former Liverpool No 9 Fernando Torres. 

Thiago Alcantara spoke about respecting the tradition of not touching the 'This is Anfield' sign

Thiago Alcantara spoke about respecting the tradition of not touching the ‘This is Anfield’ sign

The midfielder heard from Fernando Torres about how important the sign is at the club

The midfielder heard from Fernando Torres about how important the sign is at the club

Torres, pictured here with Rafael Benitez, opted to touch the sign when he joined the club

Torres, pictured here with Rafael Benitez, opted to touch the sign when he joined the club

‘As I heard once from Torres, this remains ever the place we pass by, for four more years [in my case],’ Thiago said.

‘And to touch this symbol we have to deserve it and to win as many trophies as we can.

‘That’s why today I will not. I will respect this tradition.’ 

Thiago, 29, is an impressive individual with the ability to speak fluent English, Portuguese, Spanish and German and clearly has educated himself on all things Liverpool prior to joining. 

Thiago wants to win things with Liverpool before he allows himself to touch the sign

Thiago wants to win things with Liverpool before he allows himself to touch the sign 

The club’s new No 6 is yet to play his first game at Anfield but given his record as a serial winner, fans will be hoping he will be able to touch the sign before long. 

Thiago has won seven Bundesliga titles, two LaLiga crowns and the same number of Champions Leagues. 

He dazzled on debut in the 2-0 win over Chelsea, despite giving away a penalty that Alisson duly saved from Jorginho. 

Despite only playing 45 minutes, the Spaniard out-passed every Chelsea player. He made 75 passes after coming on for Jordan Henderson and pulled the strings, albeit against 10 men. 

He may have the chance to play for Liverpool at Anfield for the first time on Thursday in the home Carabao Cup clash with Lincoln City or Jurgen Klopp could wait for Monday’s Premier League game against Arsenal.  

The 29-year-old completed 75 passes against Chelsea, more than any of the Blues

The 29-year-old completed 75 passes against Chelsea, more than any of the Blues 

The Spaniard helped his side to a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge to keep up the unbeaten start

The Spaniard helped his side to a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge to keep up the unbeaten start

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