Bruce has ‘Eye of the Tiger’ in potential Poyet boxing bout

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Steve Bruce would come out on top if he were to ever step inside the ring at face-off against Sunderland adversary Gus Poyet.

That is according to the latest odds from Ladbrokes, which have the Hull City manager as the 1/3 favourite to defeat the Uruguayan in a boxing match

The former Brighton manager is the underdog for victory in any potential match-up, with the bookmaker pricing the South American at 5/2 for the win.

A draw, meanwhile, is priced at 20/1, though with plenty of bad blood between the pair, such an outcome looks highly unlikely.

“Poyet’s gangly frame may give him a greater reach but Bruce is a big bloke who won’t go down easily, especially having taken his fair share of knocks as a player,” a Ladbrokes spokesperson said.

These latest prices follow-on from a touchline bust-up between the pair in which the Tigers manager reacted angrily to something said by his Uruguayan counterpart, after he was sent to the stands.

Sunderland escaped the KC Stadium with a point on Tuesday night to leave the Black Cats 16th and just a point and a place behind Hull in the Premier League standings.

Despite this result, Poyet has emerged as the new front-runner to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post with the ex-Chelsea and Tottenham player now 2/1 to exit.

Bruce, by contrast, is back at 20/1 having previously led the way in the market.

A fine run of results have helped ease the pressure on the Hull boss but his team remains just four points off the drop-zone.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.