Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher will fight each other on 23 December in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority and Queensbury Promotions confirmed that Guardiola Vs Carragher has been added to one of the strongest cards in boxing history.
The fight is part of an already stacked card which includes Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder although the former champions successfully avoided fighting each other.
‘Instead of trading insults on Twitter like a pair of school kids, we offered Pep and Carra the opportunity to sort out their differences like real men do these days’, a spokesperson for the fight night promoter told Paddy Power News.
‘By having a scrap in Saudi Arabia for an obscene amount of money’.
‘Let’s be honest, we’d rather see Pep and Carra throw hands than watch another YouTuber and bankrupt MMA fighter hug each other for six rounds.
‘Dillon Danis is the worst thing to enter a ring since Sauron’s finger’, they added.
It follows a public spat between Guardiola and Carragher in the wake of City’s 3-3 draw with Tottenham on Sunday.
Carragher questioned City’s chances of winning a fourth successive title after back-to-back draws prompting Guardiola to bring up the fact the pundit never won the league title in his entire career.
The former Liverpool defender returned fire by citing the 115 charges issued against City by the Premier League.
Hostilities continued during a pre-fight press conference this afternoon which was gatecrashed by a bare-chested John Fury.
‘Alongside Djimi Traoré, Carragher was part of the worst defence the Premier League has seen since Everton’s lawyers presented their case at the club’s FFP hearing’, joked Guardiola, flanked by his entourage including Ricky Hatton, Lionel Messi and Manchester City’s lawyers.
‘I’m gonna let you do all the talking. I’ll do me talking in the ring’, said Carragher, before talking incessantly for an hour about the fight, Istanbul and his favourite episode of Brookside.
The ex-Liverpool hardman’s backroom team will include former cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew, MMA star Paddy Pimblett and the surviving Chuckle Borther Paul Elliot.
At time of press, there were no volunteers to carry Carragher’s spit bucket.
Meanwhile, City owner Sheikh Mansour has waded into the debate following Carragher’s claim he would have won a Premier League medal if Liverpool were owned by a nation-state.
‘If Abu Dhabi United Group had bought Liverpool instead City, Carragher still wouldn’t have a Premier League winners medal’, Mansour told Paddy Power News.
‘He would have been the first player we sold’.
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