Evander Holyfield Says Exhibition Clash With Mike Tyson Is ‘Close’
Evander Holyfield claims a third bout with Mike Tyson is close to becoming a reality.
Holyfield and Tyson have a well-documented history with one another. Back in November 1996, Holyfield stunned Tyson by scoring an 11th-round TKO to capture the WBA Heavyweight Championship. In their June 1997 rematch, Tyson was disqualified after biting Holyfield’s ear twice.
WIth Tyson making a comeback in the form of an exhibition match against Roy Jones Jr. back in November 2020, many have been wondering if “Iron Mike” and Holyfield will mix it up one last time.
Appearing on The Last Stand Podcast with Brian Custer, Holyfield said an exhibition affair with Tyson is close.
“I would say yes. I think that it’s close, I think that it’s something that we both want to do. I think that it can happen.”
Back in January, Holyfield told The Sun that his team was in contact with Tyson’s management in hopes of getting the deal done.
“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 hasn’t been in a pro bout since May 2011 but he has participated in an exhibition with American politician Mitt Romney for charity. Holyfield is 58 years old, while Tyson is 54.