Inside Lines: We need Joe Joyce not the Chisora-Fury bout back on again

 

Providing he isn't suspended by the Board of Control – he threatens not to attend the hearing on Wednesday into his foul-mouthed rant at a press conference – Tyson Fury will meet Dereck Chisora in their on-off heavyweight rematch at London's ExCel on 22 November. The new date was announced yesterday by promoter Frank Warren, doubtless with crossed fingers. With bouts now called off three times, Fury seems as fed up with the fight game as it is with him. Time for some new blood on the domestic heavyweight scene to supplement the burgeoning career of Olympic champion Anthony Joshua. Could be that the new Commonwealth Games champion Joe Joyce, an engaging character with his backflip and a degree (he says he is as much inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat as he is Muhammad Ali) will provide it. At 28 Joyce, from the same Earlsfield stable as Frank Bruno, may turn off the road to Rio and take the pro route if he gets "an unrefusable offer".

Coe back on track

Seb Coe will not run for the chairmanship of the BBC Trust. The Commonwealth Games made him realise just how much athletics was "in my DNA". He now looks certain to become president of the International Association of Athletics Federations with rival Sergey Bubka out of favour over his links to the previous, now discredited Ukrainian regime.

Sport's gay days

After the Gay Gordons in Glasgow, the Gay Games, featuring 7,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes, have begun in Cleveland, Ohio. Neither of the gay English Commonwealth Games gold medallists – Nicola Adams and Tom Daley – plan to compete. Nor will ex-Aussie swimmer Ian Thorpe, the latest big name to "come out", be present. But the highest-profile gay athlete in the United States, American footballer Michael Sam of the St Louis Rams, will feature in a video urging people to take part in a study into homophobia in sport.

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