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Boxing: Tyson Fury was almost forced to pull out of his heavyweight clash with Dereck Chisora after a virus prevented the 26-year-old from training for three and a half weeks, according to uncle and trainer Peter Fury.

Boxing: Tyson Fury was almost forced to pull out of his heavyweight clash with Dereck Chisora after a virus prevented the 26-year-old from training for three and a half weeks, according to uncle and trainer Peter Fury.

The Manchester fighter coasted to a 10th-round stoppage win over Chisora at London's ExCel Arena to claim the European and vacant British belt while also setting up a mandatory challenge to Wladimir Klitschko.

"Nobody knows Tyson hadn't trained for the past three and a half weeks coming into this fight," Peter Fury said.

"Tyson had a virus that put him bed-ridden. He's had flu injections, been up and down to the doctors, I took him to my place and put him in bed for three or four days.

"There was talk at one time of pulling this fight but we have to be on death's door to pull a fight."

Serena sinks on Slammers start

Tennis: Serena Williams made a much-awaited appearance at the franchise-based International Premier Tennis League but could not lift Singapore Slammers as her team succumbed to a third straight defeat in the first leg.

"It wasn't easy but I had a lot of fun," the top-ranked Williams said after playing against home team Manila Mavericks in front of a lively crowd of 12,000 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

"I love the team atmosphere. If you lose a match, everyone is still positive and that's what I love about it."

Marussia going up for auction

Motor Sport: What remains of Marussia is set to be sold off next month, auction firm CA Global Partners has announced.

The Formula One team went out of business on November 7 with the loss of over 200 jobs and were forced to miss the final three races of this year's championship.

The sale has been announced for December 16 and 17.

The auction will include the cars, although not the Ferrari power units, along with race-day trailers, offices and spare parts among other things.


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