Evander Holyfield says he’s in talks for a third showdown with Mike Tyson.
Holyfield and Tyson have fought twice before. Their first encounter took place on November 9, 1996. Holyfield defeated Tyson via 11th-round TKO to capture the WBA Heavyweight Title. Their June 28, 1997 rematch ended in a disqualification after Tyson bit Holyfield’s ear.
Fast forward to 2021 and high-profile exhibition matches are suddenly on the rise. Tyson returned to the ring for an exhibition affair with fellow boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. back on November 28, 2020.
Holyfield and Tyson have gone back-and-forth on why the two haven’t been able to come to terms on an exhibition match up to this point. If what Holyfield told The Sun is true, however, then negotiations are underway.
“People do what they choose to do and for whatever reason they have, they do it. The thing is that if it’s meant to be it will happen, either way, it is what it is. 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.”
Holyfield is 58 years old, while Tyson is 54. Holyfield hasn’t had a pro bout since May 7, 2011. “The Real Deal” did have an exhibition bout for charity against politician Mitt Romney back in 2015.
FIGHT SPORTS will keep you posted on whether or not Holyfield and Tyson end up reaching an agreement to share the ring once more.