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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Former Champ Tyson To Face English Queen

After his shock defeat by Evander Holyfield last month, deposed world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson faces a new opponent in a million dollar challenge: the Queen.


Elizabeth Windsor, 70, Queen of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Commonwealth and mother of four will clash with "Iron" Mike Tyson, 29, in South Africa's Sun City early next year.


Some may say that Her Majesty could put up a better fight than some of Tyson's recent pre-Holyfield challengers like Bruce Seldon, who only lasted 109 seconds last September.


However, any worries about Britain's most famous profile being irretrievably altered by a Tyson left hook can be put aside since pigeons rather than pugilism will be the sport.


The unlikely duo are linked by a keen love of birds and, according to The Guardian newspaper, have both entered pigeons in the Million Dollar Classicdrace to be staged in February in Sun City. They will compete with 1,600 other birds from all over the world for a top prize of $250,000.


The Queen is keeping up a royal tradition as the first racing pigeons in Britain came as a present from the King of Belgium to King George IV.


Television coverage will follow the race as the birds attempt to make it back to their "home lofts," which they will be trained to recognize so they won't race all the way to their home countries. They will have to deal with the dangers of heat, dehydration and marauding birds of prey but the winner shouldn't face any charges of "fix" as, like any other modern sport, drug testing -- of droppings -- is carried out.