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Lennox Lewis to train with David Price for Tony Thompson rematch

Price calls on heavyweight legend Lewis to join him on road to redemption

By
Martin Domin

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09:01 GMT, 26 April 2013

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David Price has teamed up with former undisputed world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis as he bids to get his career back on track following defeat to Tony Thompson.

Price, 29, was stunned by the veteran American in Liverpool in February, suffering his first professional defeat by way of a second-round knockout.

And he has sought the advice of Lewis who rebuilt his own career following defeats to first Oliver McCall and then Hasim Rahman.

Blow: David Price lost to Tony Thompson in February but has the chance for revenge in July

Blow: David Price lost to Tony Thompson in February but has the chance for revenge in July

Price starts out on the road to redemption in Canada next week when he will train under the watchful eye of Lewis ahead of his rematch with Thompson at the Liverpool Echo Arena on July 6.

'This is a fantastic opportunity to be able to work with one of the
greatest heavyweights of all time and I'm sure his knowledge will prove
to be invaluable,' Price said.

Comeback: Lennox Lewis was knocked out by Oliver McCall and Hasim Rahman but avenged both losses

Comeback: Lennox Lewis was knocked out by Oliver McCall and Hasim Rahman but avenged both losses

Lennox Lewis (R) is counted out after being knocked out by little-known challenger Hasim Rahman

Lewis has been retired for almost 10 years, bowing out on a high with victory over Vitali Klitschko.

He avenged both defeats on his record and was also successful against the likes of Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.

'David is a dedicated fighter,; he said. 'He takes his training seriously and is single minded in wanting to avenge that defeat and as a fighter I understand that and want to help him towards his goal.'

Lennox Lewis

Lennox Lewis

Main man: Lewis was the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, winning 41 of his 44 contests

Hilario signs new Chelsea deal until 2013

Hilario pens new one-year Chelsea deal with keeper set to stay until 2013

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Chelsea goalkeeper Hilario has signed a one-year contract extension.

The 36-year-old therefore looks set to escape any summer clearout at Stamford Bridge and remain as back-up to undisputed number one Petr Cech.

Staying on: Hilario has penned a new one-year contract extension at Chelsea

Staying on: Hilario has penned a new one-year contract extension at Chelsea

Hilario, whose previous contract was set to expire this summer, joined Chelsea in 2006 as understudy to Cech.

He has made a total of 39 appearances for the Blues, keeping 18 clean sheets.

Mike Tyson claims British fans saved his life

Ex-champ Tyson claims he would have starved to death without his loyal British fans

Mike Tyson has thanked his British fans for saving his life.

The former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world claims he would have 'starved to death' had it not been for his sell-out UK talk shows.

Tyson was declared bankrupt in 2003 despite earning almost 200 million during his boxing career.

Talking tough: Mike Tyson has thanked his British fans for their support

Talking tough: Mike Tyson has thanked his British fans for their support

As the 45-year-old returns to Britain for another round of shows next month, he told The Sun: 'Three years ago, I was homeless. I needed to keep the wolves from my door and the fans in Britain gave me that.

'I am so grateful. My most loyal fanbase is in Britain. If I had depended on love in the States, I would have starved to death.'

Tyson, who is a convicted rapist and also served time for drug offences and assaulting two motorists, appeared in the Hangover films as he tries to crack Hollywood.

Reformed: Tyson was in The Hangover

Reformed: Tyson was in The Hangover

He added: 'The Hangover has given me a
comeback in America but, in Britain, they loved me for all my flaws
before the movies came out.

'I have a one-man show coming up in Las Vegas called the “Undisputed Truth”.

'Film of me going to prison will be screened behind me and I will get naked there in front of people.

'That's what I call it, being naked with my clothes on. Just telling the truth.'

That will include talking about the tragic death of his four-year-old daughter Exodus, who died in 2009 after becoming tangled in an exercise treadmill.

'My daughter dying changed my life and I met people who dragged me back from the brink,' Tyson added.

'There were ex-Hell's Angels in my recovery programme who helped me so much.

'I saw people who had millions, I saw people who were homeless and they all had problems.

'Yet around them were people who would go to an airport at 4am just to talk you out of a bad place.

'They drag people out of the gutter — now my mission is to help people like that.

Past: Tyson (left) became the youngest heavyweight world champion in history

Past: Tyson (left) became the youngest heavyweight world champion in history

'I have survived all that I have been through and it's left me with such passion for life.

'When I had all that money I was the most miserable, wretched b*****d around.

'Now I have got energy and great potential to be a better person.'

Vitali Klitschko v Dereck Chisora: Past unlikely heavyweight hopefuls

Underdog… but Chisora should remember that so were these unlikely heavyweight hopefuls

Dereck Chisora will be the rank outsider when he enters the ring to face Vitali Klitschko on Saturday. Here, Sportsmail's Jeff Powell takes a trip down memory lane to cast his eye over some memorable heavyweight upsets…

42-1 James 'Buster' Douglas v Mike Tyson, Tokyo, February 11, 1990

Hugely motivated out of his laid-back custom of capitulating in big fights by the death of his mother, Douglas truly shocked the world.

Flat out: Tyson lies on the canvas after being floored by James 'Buster' Douglas

Flat out: Tyson lies on the canvas after being floored by James 'Buster' Douglas

He overcame his fear of 'The Baddest Man On The Planet' to rise from the canvas after an early knockdown – albeit after a long count which should have ended earlier with Tyson the winner – to out-box and finally KO the undefeated but grossly under-trained Iron Mike in the tenth round.

Buster's reign as undisputed heavyweight champion lasted only until he crumbled against Evander Holyfield in Las Vegas eight months later.

33-1 – Evander Holyfield v Mike Tyson 1, Las Vegas, November 9, 1996

Still going: Holyfield is seeking a fifth title

Still going: Holyfield is seeking a fifth title

At 34 and having lost three of his previous seven fights Holyfield was widely regarded as in decline, especially after a sluggish struggle to beat blown up middleweight-cum-TV-commentator Bobby Czyz just before this title challenge.

But he withstood Tyson's bull-rush at the start of this, their fight before the ear-biting, knocked down an off-balance Iron Mike with a blow to the chest in the fifth and then administered such a bloody beating that referee Mitch Halpern called a halt in the 11th.

With that victory Holyfield equalled Muhammad Ali's hitherto unique feat of winning the world heavyweight championship three times. He later went on to a record fourth title… and is still seeking a fifth.

20-1 – Hasim Rahman v Lennox Lewis, Johannesburg, April 22, 2001

So confident was Lewis that he delayed going to higher altitude while filming fight scenes in Las Vegas for the Ocean's Eleven movie with George Clooney and Co.

Stunned: Lewis was floored in the sixth round by 20-1 outsider Rahman

Stunned: Lewis was floored in the sixth round by 20-1 outsider Rahman

The confidence of the bookies evaporated along with Britain's finest in the thin air of South Africa's high veld and Rahman landed his historic knockout in the sixth. Lewis learned his lesson and beat Rahman in the re-match later the same year.

10-1 – James J Braddock v Max Baer, New York, June 13, 1935

Longshoreman by trade and journeyman as a boxer with 22 losses on his record, Braddock had to score three upset wins even to get into the ring with the playboy but nevertheless much feared Baer.

But Braddock was nothing if not brave and to the delight of 35,000 fans in the old Madison Square Garden Bowl he not only out-fought but out-boxed the champion for a unanimous points victory.

He held the title for two years before being destroyed by Joe Louis. The legend of The Cinderella Man was born, and later made into a movie with that title.

7-1 – Cassius Clay v Sonny Liston, Miami Beach, February 25, 1964

The brash, fast-talking Clay promised to 'shake up the world' by beating Liston 'the big ugly bear.' Few believed him but he proved as fast with his fists and on his feet as with his Louisville Lip.

The Liston monster became increasingly bemused by the lighter, dancing, goading 22-year-old challenger and quit on his stool in a befuddled condition at the end of the sixth round. The Greatest had arrived.

Fernando Alonso stakes claim to Sebastian Vettel"s F1 throne

You may think that after securing back-to-back world titles, Sebastian Vettel is the undisputed king of Formula One… well, that”s where you”d be wrong.

Fernando Alonso was busy staking his claim to the coveted F1 throne after coming over rather royal in Madrid.

King of the castle: Alonso was all smiles on Monday at the festive event

King of the castle: Alonso was all smiles on Monday at the festive event

The Spaniard was all smiles on Monday after taking centre stage in a promotional event for banking giants Santander.

And after claiming only one grand prix victory this term, who can blame the former McLaren and Renault driver for enjoying the spotlight

Centre of attention: Alonso takes to the stage with Gene (left) and De La Rosa

Centre of attention: Alonso takes to the stage with Gene (left) and De La Rosa

Young pretender: A Vettel lookalike whispers a question to the Spanish star

Young pretender: A Vettel lookalike whispers a question to the Spanish star

Alonso took part in the event alongside fellow F1 Spaniards” Marc Gene and Pedro de la Rosa, who at the grand old age of 40, has agreed a deal to race for HRT in 2012.

But Alonso had little sympathy for another Spaniard, Jaime Alguersuari, who was axed from Toro Rosso last week.

Heads up: Alonso shares a joke with De La Rosa

Heads up: Alonso shares a joke with De La Rosa

With reports linking the 21-year-old to the vacant seat alongside De La Rosa at HRT, Alonso is quoted as saying: “I”m not bothered if Jaime is going to HRT or not.

“About his departure (from Toro Rosso) I have no strong opinion. I don”t know how he worked with the team or if they were happy with their drivers or not.”

Andre Villas-Boas says Chelsea are talking to Petr Cech about new deal

Villas-Boas hits out at “false stories” and insists Chelsea are talking to Cech about new deal

Chelsea have opened informal talks with Petr Cech over extending the goalkeeper”s contract, manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed.

Cech”s current deal expires at the end of next season but the club are determined to ensure the 29-year-oldcompletes at least a decade at Stamford Bridge.

In talks: Petr Cech has a future at Chelsea

In talks: Petr Cech has a future at Chelsea

Villas-Boas said: “There are false stories about Petr Cech leaving the club.

“We are trying to reach an agreement with Petr.

“He knows that we are trying to reach an agreement with him and that we are interested in renewing his contract.”

Villas-Boas has previously dismissed doubts about Cech”s long-term fitness and he insisted yesterday the Czech Republic star could play well into his forties.

“The goalkeeper position is very, very specific,” Villas-Boas said, citing Edwin van der Sar and David Seaman as examples of keepers who have shone at the highest level during their fifth decade.

Brave: Cech still has plenty to offer at Chelsea

Brave: Cech still has plenty to offer at Chelsea

Question marks over Cech”s fitness were actually raised by new team-mate Thibaut Courtois, who joined Chelsea from Genk this summer before being loaned out for the season to Atletico Madrid.

Cech, who has been the Blues” undisputed number one since signing from Rennes in 2004, is expected to face a stiff challenge from the 19-year-old in the coming years.

Villas-Boas said: “Regarding Courtois, we have to make a decision.

“We won”t recall him in January, for sure.

“At the end of the season, we have to decide.”

Chelsea are also trying to reach an agreement with striker Didier Drogba over a new contract to replace the one that expires next summer.

The parties are reportedly at odds over the length of the deal, with Drogba wanting another two years and the club only prepared to offer one.

Villas-Boas yesterday admitted Drogba was playing well enough to be a major asset at the highest level for another couple of years and went on to acknowledge the Ivorian could add value to any new contract by aiding the development of 18-year-old protege Romelu Lukaku.

Running the show: Villas-Boas insists Cech won

Running the show: Villas-Boas insists Cech won”t leave the club

“Everybody gets inspired by the top examples and Didier represents exactly that, also in his human values,” Villas-Boas said.

Chelsea have also been linked with signing a host of players during the January transfer window, chiefly Bolton defender Gary Cahill. Villas-Boas said: “He”s a fantastic player because he plays for the English national team, a central defender of high qualities.

“He had a fantastic year last season for club and country.

“But he is not a player that we are considering.”

Villas-Boas also ruled out resurrecting moves for Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric and Porto wing-back Alvaro Pereira, with Chelsea seeing bids for both snubbed this summer.

He said of Modric: “We have (Michael) Essien returning and I think we have left that one out for sure.”

He added of Pereira: “I don”t think so based on prices and because we are not looking. We are pretty satisfied with what we”ve got.”