Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has taken up boxing to get in shape for the new season.

The Daily Star Sunday says City boss Roberto Mancini told Tevez to glove up as part of his fitness regime.

When the Argentina striker went AWOL last season, he took to the golf course. But recently, he has been pummeling a punch bag with daily sessions.

A City source insisted there was no truth in the rumour that he was really preparing for a few rounds with Mario Balotelli!