Evander Holyfield’s Manager Claims Mike Tyson Turned Down $25 Million Fight Offer
Evander Holyfield’s manager has claimed that Mike Tyson turned down a massive money offer for a Memorial Day weekend bout.
Holyfield has been clamoring for an exhibition match with Tyson. The two have a storied history with one another. Back in November 1996, Holyfield stopped Tyson via 11th-round TKO to capture the WBA Heavyweight Champion. In the rematch, Tyson was disqualified after biting Holyfield’s ear twice.
In a statement, Holyfield’s manager, Kris Lawrence said that Holyfield vs. Tyson will not be happening on Memorial Day weekend (via ESPN).
“We thought this was a done deal but it quickly fell apart when Tyson’s people declined all offers. We were negotiating in good faith all along and it appears we just ended up wasting our time.”
Holyfield has long expressed his belief that Tyson has made excuses throughout the entire process of trying to make the exhibition fight a reality.
“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.”
Back in November 2019, Tyson told reporters that he felt Holyfield needed new business associates.
“Maybe Evander needs to talk to me because every time my business associates talk to his business associates, it doesn’t turn out well. So I don’t know. If you could see what we made tonight, if these guys really care about the welfare of Evander they would have had this fight with Evander.
“Maybe we’ll do another but whoever’s he’s with who’s handling him is totally wrong.”