Evander Holyfield Claims Mike Tyson Is Making Excuses

Evander Holyfield believes Mike Tyson is dragging his heels when it comes to making their exhibition clash a reality.

Holyfield and Tyson have a long history with one another. Back in November 1996, Holyfield defeated Tyson via 11th-round TKO to capture the WBA Heavyweight Title. The two had a rematch in June 1997 that ended in a disqualification when Tyson bit Holyfield’s ear twice.

The two have since made amends but some heat has seemingly been reignited. Holyfield and Tyson have both expressed mutual interest in an exhibition showdown but “The Real Deal” feels “Iron” Mike isn’t as eager to fight as he makes it seem.

Holyfield took to his Instagram account to question where Tyson is.


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“Getting back in my rhythm just waiting on my dance partner now Mike Tyson to show up. Where you at?”

In a statement released to The Irish Sun, Holyfield said his team has been given a laundry list of excuses.

“My side tried to make the fight happen and we got nothing but excuses. Now I can see why he wanted a tune-up fight before thinking about fighting me. Roy Jones was a good local opponent for Mike, but a fight with me would be a global event and the only fight that anyone wants to see is a fight between us.”

Tyson returned to the ring for the first time since his 2006 exhibition match with Corey Sanders. “Iron” Mike shared the ring with Roy Jones Jr. in the main event of a Triller card. The bout went the distance and no winner was declared. The unofficial scoring deemed the fight a draw.

Holyfield hasn’t been in a pro bout since May 2011. He has been in an exhibition bout with American politician Mitt Romney.

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