Friday, March 12, 2010

Kerrzy's Notebook: Random Friday Thoughts

Tyson/Holyfield III?

Believe it or not, Mike Tyson is set to return to a boxing ring near you (if you live somewhere near Las Vegas, that is).

Yes, according to, “Iron Mike” is preparing to fight for the first time since an embarrassing loss in 2005 and it could be against Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield, who is set to fight Francois Botha later this month.

The man behind the comeback is, of course, promoter Don King and he has apparently spoken to both sides about the possible fight.

Here’s how far the heavyweight division of boxing has fallen: a fight between a 43-year-old and a 47-year-old is garnering more attention than anything else going on in the sport right now!

Maybe they can get Chris Chelios to ref the thing…

Lights Out

Speaking of 40-something boxers, James “Lights Out” Toney signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC last week.

His first opponent hasn’t been announced yet, but months of following organization president Dana White around has finally paid off for the 41-year-old, who has won 72 of his 81 pro fights.

Sportsnet’s Showdown Joe Ferraro predicts we could see Toney and Kimbo Slice in the octagon as soon as May 8th in Montreal at UFC 113.

One thing the UFC should be (at least slightly) concerned about when it comes to Toney is the potential damage the NABO and IBA champion could potentially do to the sport. He has been suspended in the past for positive steroid tests, which is the last thing Dana White needs.

If Mike Tyson’s comeback goes well, I wonder how long it’ll be before we see him trying MMA on for size.

Going out on top…

One thing nobody likes to see is a boxer staying in the game until he is past his ‘best before’ date – but that doesn’t look like it’ll be a problem for Manny Pacquiao.

The 31-year-old, who is considered by many to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, is getting ready to fight Joshua Clottey on Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium – and it could be the last time he steps in the ring.

Pacquiao is running for a congressional seat in the Philippines as we speak, telling ESPN recently “I want to be a good public servant. I want to help people.”

If he’s elected, he’ll be a boxing champ, politician, commercial pitchman and movie star – and the guy can sing too:

Talbot can’t fight

I’m not usually a very big Sean Avery fan, but he did something pretty hilarious last week in a 5-4 Rangers loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

With just less than 12 minutes to go in the third period, Avery hit Pens forward Max Talbot after the whistle…which is pretty much par for the course when it comes to New York’s super pest.

What happened next was pure comedy though: Talbot threw some kind of two-handed slap-punch at Avery, who then mocked him all the way to the penalty box:

Love him or hate him - that was pretty funny stuff!

Aussie Rules

Sure, you’ve got to be crazy to play Aussie Rules Football, but now the league is making it so that you’ve also got to be crazy to try and cheat…

The Australian Football League will soon become the first sport in Australia to test for human growth hormone and a new form of the drug EPO.

On top of that, they’ll be freezing blood samples and storing them for up to eight years so that as technology develops, they can retroactively penalize players that test positive.

That news comes a couple of weeks after Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig announced plans to start testing minor league players for HGH. Before those tests can be brought to the Majors though, the players union has to agree.

Honestly, I think they should be testing for everything when it comes to baseball. I bet even the owners take steroids.

If you care…

Apparently Tiger Woods is planning to return to golf soon…some reports say he’ll be back for the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The Associated Press says he’ll be back for the Masters.

Oh, and if you're a fan of Major League Soccer you won't like this news - the players have voted overwhelmingly to go on strike if a new CBA isn't reached with the league before March 25th (the start of the season).

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