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Detroit Tigers owner Chris Ilitch’s comments at Derek Lalonde’s introductory Red Wings press conference proves that he has not watched his MLB team play this season.

After parting ways with Jeff Blashill, the Detroit Red Wings concluded their head coaching search by hiring Tampa Bay Lightning assistant Derek Lalonde.

It is a big move for the Red Wings, as Lalonde had been part of the dominant Lightning teams that won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2020 and 2021.

Chris Ilitch, who owns both the Red Wings and the Tigers, was in attendance for Lalonde’s introductory press conference this past week. During said presser, Ilitch expressed his belief that he is “pleased with the progress”of the Tigers this season.

Christopher Ilitch on the #Tigers at Derek Lalondes news conference:

"Im very pleased with the progress. Despite a very slow start this season, theres actually some good progress happening with some of the young guys that have come up and developed and so on and so forth."

— Evan Petzold (@EvanPetzold) July 1, 2022

Chris Ilitch ‘pleased with the progress’ of Tigers

Ilitch did point out that he liked the progress with the younger players on the team. But, he described the team’s 29-45 start entering July 1 as “a slow start.” Tigers fans definitely hope that that is the case, but they are not exactly confident in that.

The Tigers did spend some big money this offseason, such as to shortstop Javier Baez, in manager A.J. Hinch’s second season at the helm. But, the win-now moves have not resulted in wins in Detroit.

This is an organization that has not had a winning record since the 2016 season. The team that year went 86-75, but did not qualify for the postseason.

Yes, Detroit has had their fair share of injuries this year, especially to their starting rotation. But, there are going to be some that are not going to buy Ilitch’s belief that the team is making progress. Look, there is still plenty of time left for the team to turns things around. But, it looks pretty bleak right now.

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Conor Benn vs Chris Eubank Jr: How the two rivals compare as pair prepare to reignite family rivalry on Oct 8 at The O2

CONOR BENN and Chris Eubank Jr will meet in the middle - but with no half measures.

3Chris Eubank Jr will have to slim down for the eagerly-awaited match-upCredit: Getty 3Conor Benn will be upping a weight or two from his normal shape to take on Chris Eubank Jr, after their dads fought in 1990 and 1993Credit: Getty

The long-awaited update of the family feud, 29 years after their fathers' second legendary fight, has been confirmed for the O2 on October 8.

And while Eubank Jr will be going down, size-wise, Benn will be bigging it up - as he can put on around 10lbs to make the catchweight of 157lbs.

Sussex superstar Eubank, 32, has the advantage in experience, height and reach.

But Londoner Benn has youth on his side - by seven years - and has won all his 20 fights.

Maybe that's why he's warned his long-awaited rival: "You won’t fight again after you’ve shared the ring with me, I will be your last fight!"


His confidence might be buoyed by rules designed to stop Eubank's naturally-heavier build becoming an unfair asset.

Apart from the catchweight inbetween the two, there's a strict rehydration clause further limited Eubank's ability to bulk up.

If anything, that should help Benn - as controlling his fluid intake should be easier.

For now, though, it's all water under the bridge because Eubank as he's finally signed his half of the contract for a grudge fight that could truly be worth the weight.

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As he said in July:  “What fight fan wouldn’t want to see it?

"Two legends, their sons fighting each other, and they’re both doing big things in the boxing world.

“It doesn’t make any sense right now, but in a couple of years when Benn has filled out a little and I want a little bit of fun, we can get it on, but not right now.”

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