Evander Holyfield Anticipates Massive Revenue For Exhibition With Mike Tyson
Evander Holyfield believes an exhibition clash with Mike Tyson would generate significant revenue.
Back in November, Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. collided in an exhibition. It was an eight-round matchup and each round lasted two minutes. No winner was declared after eight rounds of action.
The event was a success with 1.6 million PPV buys and estimated revenue of $80 million. Despite the high number, Holyfield thinks a clash with Tyson can fare even better.
Appearing on The Last Stand Podcast with Brian Custer, Holyfield shared his view on how successful an exhibition clash between himself and Tyson can be (via BoxingScene.com).
“I think it will be a lot of money and a lot of millions. I think $100 million. The fight would be big because so many people want the fight. We’re the top two guys people want to see. There’s no reason to do it with anybody else other than Tyson.
“The only thing that I hear people talking about [is] they want Tyson and myself. And you know, this is what the world wants to see. But you’re not in that situation, so you have to want to do it. So, I guess we have to come together and do it.”
There is a well-documented history between Holyfield and Tyson. “The Real Deal” is 2-0 against “Iron” Mike in pro competition. In their first encounter back in November 1996, Holyfield defeated Tyson via 11th-round TKO to capture the WBA Heavyweight Title. In their June 1997 rematch, Tyson was disqualified for biting Holyfield’s ear twice.