Evander Holyfield: ‘Yes, I want to fight Mike Tyson’
Written by MAX FM on May 14, 2020
Former heavyweight king Evander Holyfield has confirmed his desire for a third fight with fellow boxing legend Mike Tyson as both fighters plot comebacks for charity.
The famous foes, both in their fifties, could meet again 23 years after their dramatic fight in 1997 after simultaneously announcing they will return to the ring for exhibitions.
Holyfield, 57, was victorious both times they met in the nineties, and Tyson, 53, produced one of the sport’s most shocking moments in the second bout when he bit off a chunk of his opponent’s ear.
Both men have recently released impressive training videos upon their return to the gym – and ‘The Real Deal’ has now welcomed the prospect of another fight with ‘Iron Mike’, admitting it’s the event everyone wants to see.
My 1st week back in the gym and I feel great I’m looking forward to stepping up my training sessions and intensity as I prepare for my fight.
— Evander Holyfield (@holyfield) May 13, 2020
“I would do that! Yes, I want to fight Mike Tyson,” he told The Sun.
“My whole thing is I’m open, and I know that I want to do well for myself at age 57. I can definitely handle him.
“But Mike would have to want to do it as well.
“We have to come up with something that is not a knockout grudge match.
“It’s not about who can beat who, but to show people we were some of the greatest fighters in our era and we’ve come together as men to do something for others.
“I don’t have anything against Mike personally, the thing is I think it would be good for the sport and even though boxing is a rough sport, we can show people we can come together.
“If we do this fight it would be great. I can still shoot the jab, I can still shoot the shots, but not like a killing thing, ‘I’m going to hurt you, I’m going to show you that I can knock him out’.
“Mike is looking sharp, but I’m in very good condition and shape physically and mentally.
“And if the money is right, too, then let’s get it on.
— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) May 1, 2020
“I know he’s getting offers from all types of people. Since we have both announced a comeback, a fight between me and Mike would definitely be the fight people want to see.”