Boxing champ hits Carragher with Chinese Super League comeback prank

By Dom Farrell 17 January 2017
Boxing champ hits Carragher with Chinese Super League comeback prank

The prospect of Jamie Carragher aiming for a playing comeback in the Chinese Super League was soon left on the canvas after the ex-Liverpool and England defender revealed a former boxing world champion had been at the heart of a social media prank.

Carragher, 38, set tongues wagging on Tuesday after a post on his Twitter account appeared saying he was coming out of retirement.

The post was accompanied by emojis of the Chinese flag and a bank note, suggesting he had designs on joining Carlos Tevez and Oscar among the one-time Premier League stars earning a fortune in the CSL.

The Anfield favourite quickly put paid to fanciful speculation, claiming his account had been hacked - even if the successful Sky television pundit was still cheekily open to a payday.

A little detective work from Carragher, a keen boxing fan, actually revealed he had been on the end of a sucker punch from a skilled proponent of the noble art.

It turns out hitting the gym with ex-WBO light-middleweight champion Liam Smith, who was among Britain's legion of world beltholders before a knockout loss to pound-for-pound superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez last year, can be a painful experience in more ways than one.

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