Evander Holyfield will indeed be returning to the ring but it won’t be against Mike Tyson.
Holyfield and Tyson have gone back-and-forth over going one-on-one for an exhibition bout. Holyfield has claimed Tyson’s team continues to make excuses. Tyson has blamed Holyfield’s business associates for not playing ball.
In addition to the Holyfield fight falling apart, Tyson also has issues with Triller. While the two sides seemingly worked together well to bring in around $80 million in revenue for the Roy Jones Jr. fight, Tyson claims he’ll never work with Triller again.
As a result, Triller reversed course and has booked Holyfield against the last man to face Tyson in a pro bout, Kevin McBride. ESPN confirmed the news. During a chat with BoxingScene.com, Triller owner Ryan Kavanaugh explained the decision to go with McBride.
“We went through all the heavyweights but ultimately decided who better than the guy who knocked Mike Tyson into retirement.”
Kavanaugh noted that Roy Jones Jr. and Shannon Briggs were in consideration for Holyfield’s opponent but McBride ended up being the final decision. Holyfield vs. McBride will serve as the co-main event of a Triller card on June 5. That event will be headlined by a lightweight title fight between champion Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos.