Fly like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
Ah, boxing. The art of two athletes punching each other into oblivion. Loved by millions, watched by more. A simple but noble profession – hosted in front of thousands, or outside the local kebab shop on a Friday night between two bruisers fuelled by one shandy too many.
Football isn’t too dissimilar in its simplicity. Two teams of 11 face each other for 90 minutes and try to put a padded sack of air between some posts more times than the other.
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So, why are we telling you this?
Well, it all comes down to the hurtful words of a single man, Mr. Michael Owen, and his adversary, Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer.
For those who do not know why this pair of mischief makers hit the headlines recently, it’s fairly simple: Shearer wasn’t too pleased with the things being said about his darling Magpies in Owen’s new biography ‘Reboot,’ and aired his thoughts about the ever-so charismatic (not) striker on social media. No one likes a keyboard warrior, Alan.
Naturally, this little exchange opened up an opportunity and being the innately violent creatures we are, that could only be one thing: a good old fashioned fisticuff, white-collar boxing style.
Imagine that. Shearer windmilling his god-like palm fast enough to split the atom straight into the chin(s) of dumpling Owen – it’s television gold.
Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn tuned into talkSPORT to talk about the possibility of the bout happening…
"I couldn't believe my eyes!"
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 5, 2019