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Mike Tyson reveals he ‘feels great’ after shedding almost FIVE stone in training

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Mike Tyson has revealed he has lost nearly five stone (69lbs) since beginning to train ahead of a potential return to the boxing ring. 

The former world heavyweight champion, who turned 54 last month, says he is currently working out at 15.7st (220lbs), less than Anthony Joshua weighed when he defeated Andy Ruiz Jr in December last year.

The Briton weighed 16.13st (237lbs) when he stepped on the scales in Saudi Arabia, losing 10lbs in six months following the humiliating defeat by Ruiz Jr in New York. 

Mike Tyson revealed he has lost 69lbs since returning to the gym ahead of possible comeback

Mike Tyson revealed he has lost 69lbs since returning to the gym ahead of possible comeback

Mike Tyson revealed he has lost 69lbs since returning to the gym ahead of possible comeback

The 54-year-old former heavyweight has been hitting the pads in the gym over recent months

The 54-year-old former heavyweight has been hitting the pads in the gym over recent months

The 54-year-old former heavyweight has been hitting the pads in the gym over recent months

By comparison, Tyson was at the peak of his powers when he fought at 220lbs, holding a version of the heavyweight title from 1986 to 1990 and regaining the WBA belt in 1996.

Now, 15 years after his last professional fight ended in an agonising deveat by Kevin McBride, Iron Mike claims to be back at his prime weight. 

He told FightHype: ‘We’ve just been training, boxing, and it feels great man.

‘I come from 289lbs to 220lbs and I feel good.’

Tyson now weighs 17lbs less than Anthony Joshua did when he defeated Andy Ruiz Jr

Tyson now weighs 17lbs less than Anthony Joshua did when he defeated Andy Ruiz Jr

Tyson now weighs 17lbs less than Anthony Joshua did when he defeated Andy Ruiz Jr

Tyson said substance abuse led to significant weight gain in the years following his retirement

Tyson said substance abuse led to significant weight gain in the years following his retirement

Tyson said substance abuse led to significant weight gain in the years following his retirement

Despite sruggling with drug abuse in the past, the American has expressed his desire to make a boxing comeback in a three-tound exhibition match for charity.

57-year-old Evander Holyfield would be willing to take on Tyson in a trilogy fight for charity, while Shannon Briggs has also thrown his hat into the ring.

Tyson could look to avenge his two defeats suffered at the hands of Holyfield during the 1990s but a deal between the old rivals has yet to be agreed. 

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First stage of Tour de Poland overshadowed by horror crash for Dutch rider Fabio Jakobsen

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Fabio Jakobsen suffered a serious-looking crash just before the finish line at the opening stage of the Tour de Poland.

The Deceuninck–Quick-Step rider went crashing into the barriers as he jostled for position and a stage victory with Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jumbo–Visma).

Dutch cyclist Jakobsen – who is being tended to by doctors since the crash – had raced into the final metres of the race elbow-to-elbow with compatriot Dylan Groenewegen.

Fabio Jakobsen suffered a serious-looking crash at the opening stage of the Tour de Poland

Fabio Jakobsen suffered a serious-looking crash at the opening stage of the Tour de Poland

Fabio Jakobsen suffered a serious-looking crash at the opening stage of the Tour de Poland

He was jostling for position and a stage victory with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen

He was jostling for position and a stage victory with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen

He was jostling for position and a stage victory with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen

But then he came up the inside of his compatriot, and as the pair vied for position, Groenewegen appeared to unintentionally clip Jakobsen.

That moment caused Jakobsen to vault into the barriers and cause havoc amid a domino-like pile-up that saw multiple riders hit the asphalt as they crossed the line.   

Jakobsen’s impact knocked advertising hoardings and barriers into the path of the cyclists, sending multiple riders to the ground as they tried to avoid what lay ahead of them.

Groenewegen was declared the winner of the race, with Marc Sarreau and Luka Mezgec also making the initial podium.

Jakobsen's impact knocked advertising hoardings and barriers into the path of the cyclists

Jakobsen's impact knocked advertising hoardings and barriers into the path of the cyclists

Jakobsen’s impact knocked advertising hoardings and barriers into the path of the cyclists

That crash also sent multiple riders to the ground as they tried to avoid what lay ahead of them

That crash also sent multiple riders to the ground as they tried to avoid what lay ahead of them

That crash also sent multiple riders to the ground as they tried to avoid what lay ahead of them

But reports have suggested that Groenewegen’s win will be disqualified in due course.

The sprint capped off a hilly 195.8km stage that connected two of Poland’s largest sports stadiums. 

Riders including Mark Cavendish departed the Silesian Stadium in downtown Chorzow before tackling a hilly route and the finishing sprint at the Sodek arena in Katowice.

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Manchester City confirm signing of Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake for an initial £40m

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Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake.

Pep Guardiola‘s side have agreed an initial £40million deal with the Cherries – who were relegated to the Championship on the final day of the season – and which could rise to £41m.

Confirmation of the Dutch centre-back’s arrival comes just a day after City announced their first deal of the summer transfer window in the form of Valencia winger Ferran Torres. 

Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake

Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake

Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake

Pep Guardiola 's side have agreed an initial £40million deal with the Cherries for Ake

Pep Guardiola 's side have agreed an initial £40million deal with the Cherries for Ake

Pep Guardiola ‘s side have agreed an initial £40million deal with the Cherries for Ake

‘City have been the best side in England over the course of the last decade,’ Ake said on his move. 

‘Coming here is a dream for me. This is a top side full of world-class players. Everywhere you look in this squad there are big names with international pedigree. 

‘Pep is a manager admired across the world – what he’s done in the game speaks for itself. The success he’s had is unbelievable and the style of football he plays really appeals to me.

‘I know I’m going to have to work hard to get into the side, but that’s what I’m here to do. I’ll do whatever I can to make an impact and help the team win silverware.’ 

Guardiola's Premier League runners-up have signed their second player this summer window

Guardiola's Premier League runners-up have signed their second player this summer window

Guardiola’s Premier League runners-up have signed their second player this summer window

Sportsmail exclusively revealed last week that the Premier League runners-up were on the brink of swooping for Ake having had a bid accepted on Thursday.

The Holland international has since undergone a medical and also agreed personal terms with City.

Ake is expected to have signed a five-year contract and net a major pay increase on his current £40,000-per-week contract.

City confirmed the £37million signing of Valencia winger Ferran Torres on Tuesday

City confirmed the £37million signing of Valencia winger Ferran Torres on Tuesday

City confirmed the £37million signing of Valencia winger Ferran Torres on Tuesday

He made 109 appearances after joining Bournemouth permanently in 2017 from Chelsea, playing in every Premier League game in both the 17/18 and 18/19 seasons.

The Blues had first refusal on Ake, a clause which could have been activated with a £40million bid. 

But Frank Lampard’s side failed to move which paved the way for City to agree a fee which will see Bournemouth net a guaranteed £40million, with the remaining £1million made up of add-ons and bonuses.

Chelsea had first refusal on Ake but Frank Lampard's side failed to move for the defender

Chelsea had first refusal on Ake but Frank Lampard's side failed to move for the defender

Chelsea had first refusal on Ake but Frank Lampard’s side failed to move for the defender

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NASSER HUSSAIN: Shambolic England bowling has let Pakistan off the hook and Jimmy was most culpable

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It’s not often we need to be critical about England’s bowling but that spell after lunch on Wednesday at what could be a pivotal stage of this first Test was poor.

There have been plenty of times in recent years when England have been 30 for three and the batsmen have been found wanting but the bowling on the whole has been excellent, most recently in South Africa and against West Indies at Old Trafford.

But here England just got it wrong. They had taken two cheap wickets when the best batsman in the Pakistan side in Babar Azam came in and he struggled a bit at first. He was getting squared up by the bowlers and was looking nervy.

England's spell with the ball after lunch was poor and they simply got it wrong on day one

England's spell with the ball after lunch was poor and they simply got it wrong on day one

England’s spell with the ball after lunch was poor and they simply got it wrong on day one

Pakistan batsman Babar Akam was looking nervous early on but then found his stride

Pakistan batsman Babar Akam was looking nervous early on but then found his stride

Pakistan batsman Babar Akam was looking nervous early on but then found his stride

So the last thing England needed straight after lunch was to give a man who has averaged more than a hundred in his last five Tests a few free hits to get his confidence going. 

Babar is a wonderful talent and will make you pay for any lack of discipline. But that’s exactly what England did and he cashed in.

Jimmy Anderson was most culpable. First there was a clip ball on the legside that was hit for four, then there was a leg-stump half-volley that also went to the boundary, and that set for the tone for a costly mini-session.

Anderson was certainly ticking. Whether that was because he was bowling into a strong breeze – he has said himself he’s not always happy to bowl from the end that bears his name here – and it was blowing straight into his face on Wednesday rather than across him like last week. 

Or whether it was because he became frustrated because he cannot shine the ball with saliva in the current climate and it wasn’t swinging I don’t know.

Star bowler James Anderson was ticking, cross with himself and struggled to find any rhythm

Star bowler James Anderson was ticking, cross with himself and struggled to find any rhythm

Star bowler James Anderson was ticking, cross with himself and struggled to find any rhythm  

But we had an angry Jimmy Anderson and inwardly he was probably cross with himself because he had very little rhythm in that spell.

Nobody really got it right with the possible exception of Stuart Broad who was okay. Jofra Archer started the day well but after lunch there was immediately a full toss to Shan Masood and then Dom Bess repeated that in his short spell and also bowled a lot of drive half-volleys.

When Bess comes on to bowl into the breeze at a time when the captain needs discipline his job is to bring control but he just has no control of length at the moment. He’s not expected to get a first innings five-for like he did at Port Elizabeth last winter but he has to dry up an end and he couldn’t do it. 

And when he did bowl a couple of good balls to Masood and forced mistakes, Jos Buttler dropped the catch and missed a stumping. The only man not to blame was Chris Woakes who didn’t bowl after lunch.

We have to remember these guys are not machines and bowlers cannot just switch it on all the time. But it was like England were going through the motions expecting rain to come before it finally did and, frankly, that was rubbish. And that’s unusual.

Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler missed a clear stumping on a frustrating first day for England

Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler missed a clear stumping on a frustrating first day for England

Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler missed a clear stumping on a frustrating first day for England

It was all a bit shambolic and the rain actually came at a good time for England because it allowed them to re-group and remember the usual disciplines that have served them so well.

But when they did come back their hopes of putting things right on the first day were curtailed by bad light even though two spinners were bowling.  

And that is hugely frustrating after all the hard work and expense that has gone into staging Test cricket this summer. The game really doesn’t do itself any favours at times. 

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