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Real Madrid star Benzema open to BOXING career after football having been inspired by legend Mike Tyson

MANCHESTER CITY have been warned not to get on the wrong side of Karim Benzema after the Real Madrid star declared his intention to take up BOXING.

The Citizens host the Spanish giants in the Champions League Round of 16 second leg on Friday, with Pep Guardiola’s side taking a 2-1 aggregate lead into the match.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has stated he could embark on a boxing career once he retires from football

And they know they will come up against an in-form Benzema, with the Frenchman enjoying another fruitful campaign under Zinedine Zidane.

In 47 games in all appearances, the ex-Lyon marksman has found the back of the net on 26 occasions, while he has also provided 11 assists.

And speaking ahead of the clash against City, the 32-year-old has revealed he is tempted to switch sports once he hangs up his boots.

Benzema made his revelation in a YouTube chat with his kickboxer pal Fouad Ezbiri.

He said: “I get a thrill out of combat sports, and I love to train.

“Once my football career is over, why don’t I train with you for six months?

“Then, if you think I am ready for a fight, there’s no problem as far as I’m concerned.

“I swear to God, I’m up for it.”

Benzema, 32, has spoke of his admiration for boxing legend Mike Tyson

Benzema also spoke of his admiration for heavyweight legend Mike Tyson.

He added: “It’s his strength. I have always admired his presence, his determination and attitude.

“Besides, he has come from nowhere.”

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