Who Would be Who if Football Managers Were Boxers?

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Jurgen Klopp - Tyson Fury

Jurgen Klopp has battled his way to the top of the football chain, despite the odds and the long journey it took to get there.

From his days winning promotion to the Bundesliga with Mainz 05, to his takeover of German football with Borussia Dortmund; the outspoken Liverpool boss has won fans over around the globe with his likable and honest attitude and he has certainly moved his way up the rankings no matter what the charts say.

Tyson Fury is the people's champ these days after his unprecedented comeback in heavyweight boxing. From reaching the peak in 2015 after beating Wladimir Klitschko, Fury spiralled into issues with his mental health, to which he is now one of sports leading speakers on the subject, helping to help lives around the world.

Now, after his spectacular defeat over Deontay Wilder, the 'Gypsy King' is one of the most loved athletes around, as he sits comfortably on top of his polished throne.

And just like Fury at the Euro's a few years back, I don't think Klopp would be shy of a beer or two with the fans. In fact, he'll probably get the rounds in.

ICYMI: Fury is the favourite to beat Wilder in their trilogy bout at a 2/7 price, whilst the American is as low as 5/2 with Bet365 to reclaim his WBC title. Click the Bet365 link to claim £100 in bet credits for this potential fight.

Pep Guardiola - Anthony Joshua

Both are perfectionists. Each are kings of the last few years in their respective fields. And now, both have been knocked down by the man they never expected to be trouble.

Anthony Joshua, the man who sculpts every part of his physique to look like Adonis and perfects each department of his game so he can rise when he falls.

Pep Guardiola, the man who scolds his youngsters for one misplaced pass, despite scoring a hat-trick, whilst he probably doesn't sleep until he knows for sure the form guide of his opponents in 12 weeks time.

Joshua once stated he used to complete the 12 rounds of boxing in the locker room once he had knocked his opponent out in the first, just so he didn't fall too far behind, even though he just proved he is ahead of everyone else in stunning fashion.

Guardiola just last season destroyed Burton Albion 9-0 and still played Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Buryne in the away leg because he wanted perfection. Not 2-0 loss, not a 1-1 draw. The Spaniard wanted utter class and dominance, and he got it.

The two champions have, however, been pushed away from their seemingly unbeatable throne within the past year. But, just like Joshua, I think there are few who doubt that Guardiola will once again return to the top in stellar style.

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Steve Bruce - Dereck Chisora

13 years ago, aged 23, Dereck Chisora TKO'd István Kecskés and went onto win his next 14 bouts until he met the current heavyweight king, Fury, where he would lose.

Then, after a win over Remigijus Ziausys, Chisora would lose three fights on the bounce and quickly get thrown into the 'hype job' category, rather than head down the path of brilliance he was on as a promising 20-something.

Now, with 32 wins and nine losses, you can never really write 'Del Boy' off, even if he does lose too many times to fellow heavyweight contenders like Kubrat Pulev and Dillian Whyte.

After getting promoted to the Premier League with both Birmingham City and Hull City, Bruce also refused to lay down when those clubs dropped back into the second tier. It took the current Newcastle United boss just a few seasons in the Championship to take the Blues and the Tigers back to the big time, as he proved once again, he is never a beaten man.

Nigel Clough - Conor Benn

Being the son of a legend perhaps weighs as more of a heavy burden rather than as fuel for extra power in those punches.

Conor Benn, so far unbeaten, has not had it as easy as he once did early on in his career, having to rematch Cedrick Peynaud, following his controversial win in 2017. However, there is still a lingering expectation for him to capture gold sooner rather than later.

His father, Nigel Benn, has won world titles in two weight classes and continues to be remembered as one of Britain's greats, meaning there is more spotlight of expectation and hope on his son's shoulders, rather than the element of reality.

Then there is Nigel Clough, who is always remembered as the son of perhaps the best to ever do it, Brian Clough. 16 trophies in 12 years, including two European Cups with Nottingham Forest and two First Division titles at two separate clubs, 'Old Big 'Ead' has set the standards incredibly high for the Clough name.

Currently manager of Burton Albion - who he took to the League Cup semi-final last season - Clough is certainly making a name for himself in his managerial career, just like 23-year-old Benn is in the ring. Both will be aiming to move up the rankings and the divisions as time goes on, with Clough keeping an eye on those above him, after his time at Derby County gave him a taste of life at a Championship regular.

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Jose Mourinho - David Haye

"I’m European champion. I’m not one out of the bottle, I think I’m a special one," Jose Mourinho confidently said at his first-ever Chelsea press conference in 2004.

The words of the then 41-year-old muttered that day have echoed in football folklore ever since, as he climbed to the top of English football, Italian football, Spanish football and English football once again with Chelsea 10 years on from his first triumph.

Now, after failure at Manchester United and an equally troubling time at Tottenham Hotspur right now, it's fair to say the 'Special One' has lost his crown and may never get it back.

And, it's fair to say, just like former heavyweight and cruiserweight king David Haye, Mourinho is not scared of an excuse here and there.

"I've had a broken toe for three weeks," Haye stated after he lost his heavyweight crown to Klitschko in 2011.

Then, of course, we have the ex-Real Madrid boss, who has blamed everything from the ballboys to the height of Juan Mata, after bringing him off in less than 30 minutes, two years after throwing him out the door at Chelsea.

Excuses are always expected in Mourinho's post-match interviews, just as they were during the career of 'Hayemaker'.

Chris Wilder - Billy Joe Saunders

The shock of the season that nobody could have called.

Chris Wilder and his resilient Sheffield United side have kept on rising in the Premier League table and stayed in and around the European spots for an incredibly long time.

Now, after months of expecting the Blades to be knocked down and lose, Wilder's men just keep on swinging and refuse to be beaten. After 28 games, the Englishman has only succumbed to only seven defeats in the Premier League, the same as champions Manchester City.

So, the next time you back Sheff United to lose, think of how the unbeaten Billy Joe Saunders continues to upset the odds and how he refuses to accept defeat to anybody. Just like Saunders, United are so tricky to work out. Their old school, British-esque style, mixed with the brilliance of foreign influxes like Lys Mousset make for extra homework for their opponents on the training ground.

And even then, the challenger still struggles to navigate around their unorthodox style. Now, just how the boxing world does not appreciate the unbeaten world champion, Saunders, enough, the footballing world are perhaps not giving enough credit to Wilder and his astonishing efforts thus far.

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