Holyfield, 58, reveals he's 'talking' with Tyson over trilogy bout

Boxing legend Evander Holyfield, 58, reveals he’s ‘talking’ with Mike Tyson over reigniting their rivalry for a ‘£150m trilogy fight’ 24 YEARS after they last fought

  • Evander Holyfield is the only fighter to have beaten Mike Tyson twice
  • Holyfield won by knock-out in 1996 before Tyson was disqualified in 1997 
  • Tyson returned to the ring in 2020, drawing with Roy Jones Jr in an exhibition 
  • The fight inspired Holyfield, 58, to start training and he’s eyeing a Tyson bout

Mike Tyson may finally have a shot at redemption against Evander Holyfield, with the pair in talks over a trilogy fight despite their combined age of 112.    

Iron Mike made a shock comeback in 2020, coming out of retirement after 15 years for an exhibition bout with former four-weight champion Roy Jones Jr. 

The eight-round fight ended in a draw behind-closed-doors, with Holyfield watching on. The ‘Real Deal’ last fought in 2011 but he was inspired to get back in the gym after Tyson’s return. 

Evander Holyfield is eyeing-up a trilogy bout with Mike Tyson after his rival’s return to the ring

Tyson drew with Roy Jones Jr in an exhibition bout last year, fighting after a 15-year break 

Holyfield is the only man to have beaten Tyson twice, with the pair clashing in 1996 and 1997 

Holyfield is the only man to beat Tyson twice, winning by knock-out in 1996 before their infamous 1997 bout, where Tyson was disqualified for biting his rival’s ear. Now, 24 years later, they could meet again. 

‘The thing is that if it’s meant to be it will happen, either way, it is what it is,’ the American icon told the Sun. 

‘What I can tell you is that my team is talking to Mike’s management, so I’m waiting for a decision. They are communicating right now.

‘The thing is I’m still training for this, I know it will be some day this deal will happen and I’m ready for him. I’m doing OK.’   

The pair patched things up after Tyson was disqualified from their second bout for biting

The purse from Tyson’s comeback was donated to charity and Holyfield aims to do the same

Tyson donated his £7.5m purse from the Jones Jr fight to ‘various charities’ and Holyfield believes a fight with Iron Mike would bank a staggering £150m. 

‘My views are you always help people. I try to pass on the goodness that was passed onto me,’ the American great added. 

‘Where an opportunity is available, I like to make the best out of what I have. I believe if I fought Mike the fight will generate $200million. 

‘It will be the biggest fight there is. That’s the honest truth. I think Mike has my message already. It’s a decision he has to make now and we both have to be in an agreement.

‘I’m not going to tell anybody what I’m going to do – my strategy I’m planning on using against Mike – I don’t want anyone to know.

‘I’m happy if Mike fights me.’

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