Evander Holyfield is aware of Mike Tyson’s criticism of his handlers.
Tyson is coming off an eight-round exhibition bout against Roy Jones Jr. No winner was determined but the general consensus is that Tyson got the better of Jones. Both men were awarded a Frontline Battle Title by the WBC.
After the exhibition match with Jones, Tyson told reporters that he wants to share the ring with Holyfield one more time. Tyson claimed the holdup had to do with Holyfield’s business associates doing him a disservice.
In a press release, Holyfield responded to Tyson’s comments.
“My side tried to make the fight happen and we got nothing but excuses,” said Holyfield. “Now I can see why he wanted a tune-up fight before thinking about fighting me.”
Holyfield went on to say that Jones was no slouch but that he’s the one “Iron” Mike should be facing.
“Roy Jones was a good local opponent for Mike,” said the unimpressed Holyfield. “But a fight with me would be a global event and the only fight that anyone wants to see is a fight between us. There is absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t make it happen.”
Holyfield closed by urging Tyson to sign on the dotted line so they can collide a third time.
“No more excuses. This is the fight that must happen for both our legacies. Saturday night you said you were ready to fight me, so sign the contract and get in the ring, Tyson. The world is waiting and it’s on you now. I’m ready.”