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IOC President: ‘There is no blueprint’ for postponed Tokyo Olympics - Bad Left Hook
The postponed 2020 Olympics are planned but not guaranteed for 2021.
Shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic began shutting down all of sports, the scheduled 2020 Olympics in Tokyo were postponed until 2021, as some countries were already beginning to say they wouldnt participate, and the logistics of qualifying which boxing, for example, had not come close to finalizing and getting everyone to Tokyo this summer figured to be a nightmare. It was clearly the right move. While sports are beginning to open up just a bit behind closed doors, travel restrictions and a million other things mean that Tokyo 2020 simply could not happen. And if the Games dont go on next summer, they wont go on at all. If Tokyo doesnt happen in 2021, these Olympics will simply be canceled, and everyone will look to get ready for Paris 2024. The Olympics are simply too large an undertaking to keep hoping and postponing, as IOC President Thomas Bach explained in an interview with BBC Sport. Bach said that when he spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to postpone until 2021, Abe was quite adamant that the Games had to happen next year. He made it very clear from the beginning that summer 21 is the last option, Bach said. Quite frankly I have some understanding of this, because you cannot forever employ 3,000 or 5,000 in an organizing committee. You cannot every year change the entire sports schedule worldwide of the major federations. You cannot have the athletes being in uncertainty. You cannot have so much overlapping with the future Olympic Games. So I have some understanding for this approach. Everything is entirely still up in the air with Tokyo 2021, and will be for some time still. You feel for the athletes in all sports, and it wouldnt be a big surprise if we see some in boxing decide to go pro instead of playing the wait-and-see game, though top American prospect Keyshawn Davis has, as of now, decided to stay in the mix for the Olympics next year. A lot of that, too, will depend on how the pro game actually starts moving along (or not) in the interim.
Mike Tyson NOT set for bare knuckle fight with Briggs despite rumors - Bad Left Hook
Despite rumors and reports, Mike Tyson and BKFC do not have a deal.
Despite some reports and rumors that 53-year-old Mike Tyson has agreed to a Bare Knuckle FC fight against Shannon Briggs, the promotion itself has tweeted that they do not have a deal with Tyson: No, we have not come to any agreement with Mike Tyson...yet. Bare Knuckle FC (@bareknucklefc) May 7, 2020 Tyson has been the subject of a lot of talk during the COVID-19 shutdown. First he won WBSS Fight Night CPU tournament by beating Muhammad Ali in the finals something he says wouldnt have happened in real life and then going viral due to a short clip of him hitting the pads. Tyson has said hes training for some possible exhibition bouts to raise money for charity. Hes been offered $1 million by an Australian promoter to face Paul Gallen, Sonny Bill Williams, or Barry Hall in an exhibition there, too. Frankly, weve probably talked about Mike Tyson more in the last seven weeks than we have in the last seven years. Quarantine got everyone going nostalgic and what have you. The idea of him fighting Briggs in BKFC Briggs has signed with BKFC recently, and the company are rumored to have offered Tyson $20 million to fight him is more serious, at least in terms of possible outcome. That wouldnt be an exhibition. The 48-year-old Briggs is a former heavyweight champion himself, though not on the level of star Tyson was, and has fought professionally as recently as 2016. Tyson, meanwhile, hasnt been in the ring since his 2005 loss to Kevin McBride, a sad career end for a once-ferocious champion, with Mike simply quitting after six rounds. From what we know about Mike Tyson via Mikes own words about himself over the last 15 years, from various interviews and the Tyson documentary and whatever else, a return to actual competitive fighting seems like a terrible idea, and would have been a terrible idea 10 years ago, too, when he was 43 and not 53. But Mike having the sort of fame and notoriety he does, if he says hes been training at all, for anything, yeah, someones going to try to pay him money to fight. They shouldnt, but a lot of things happen in combat sports that shouldnt. Personally, I have no real interest in seeing Mike facing Briggs in BKFC, though Id buy the show and wed cover it, because Im a hypocrite with loose moral standards. But there is absolutely an audience out there for Mike Tyson fighting again. Dont be shocked if hes made an offer by someone that is just too big to turn down.