April 1 is April Fools and one way or the other, each single 12 months we fall for one trick or one other.
This 12 months, legendary British boxer Frank Bruno pulled off the products with an ‘announcement’ on Twitter.
The previous heavyweight champion of the world, 59, posted on Twitter that he had accepted a suggestion to battle outdated foe Mike Tyson once more and could be paid £2million.
Individuals have been questioning who ‘Iron Mike’ would battle subsequent after his comeback towards Roy Jones Jr final 12 months, with Evander Holyfield linked.
However Bruno took everybody without warning on Twitter. “BREAKING NEWS,” he started. “Okay, I’ve been requested to battle Mike Tyson for 2 million kilos. I couldn’t flip it down so it is going to be in Wembley [in] November – can’t wait.”
In fact, a number of of his followers didn’t deduce that Bruno was joking and he had them hook, line and sinker, with former footballer Carlton Palmer amongst them.
It was a fairly good one from. Tyson’s bout with Jones Jr was a money-spinner and the 54-year-old mentioned there are plans to proceed preventing related exhibitions.
Bruno has additionally regularly teased a return to the boxing ring down the years, so you possibly can’t blame followers for getting this.
“I practice thrice a day, generally 4 occasions a day,” he informed talkSPORT final November. “I do take care of myself so if somebody goes to give you a great quantity of corn to enter the ring, I might love to enter the ring,” he mentioned.
And these two have historical past. Bruno solely misplaced 5 occasions in his profession and two of these got here by the hands of Tyson, together with his ultimate ever battle in 1996.
Tyson knocked him out in 5 rounds to retain his unified world titles in 1989, however Bruno was the champion after they met seven years later having lastly acquired the WBC title after three world title makes an attempt.
He didn’t defend the belt as Tyson stopped him in three rounds, however the principle story was the attention damage Bruno suffered within the battle that might imply he needed to retire to keep away from additional injury.
When requested by talkSPORT if they’re now pals, Bruno responded with a hearty snigger: “How will you be pals with somebody who’s attempting to knock you out and kill ya?
“Yeah, I’ve been over [to America to see him]. He’s very good and really all the way down to earth and really calm.
“He didn’t have the entourage round him, so he appeared significantly better than having all yes-men round him.
“He simply had his PA and he simply stored it on a stage. It was the perfect I’ve ever seen him.
“I believe he’s into Bob Marley although… if you realize what I imply, Harry?”
He was solely 35 when damage introduced the curtain down on his profession. Whereas some redemption would have been tremendous candy for Bruno, sadly – this time at the very least – the concept was nothing greater than an April Fools joke.