Could Mike Tyson’s next opponent end up being one of his greatest rivals?
Evander Holyfield, 57, announced he is also making his return to boxing. In a TMZ Sports exclusive, Holyfield is seen training, with the saying “I’m Back” ending the video. He also posted a statement to social media:
“Are you ready? The moment you’ve all been waiting for… The Champ is back! I’d like to announce that I will be making a comeback to the ring. I will be fighting in exhibition matches for a great cause.”
Are you ready? The moment you've all been waiting for…
The Champ is back! 🥊 I'd like to announce that I will be making a comeback to the ring. I will be fighting in exhibition matches for a great cause: #Unite4OurFight. Learn more: https://t.co/dfSo0HvV2O pic.twitter.com/8PfrzalHty
— Evander Holyfield (@holyfield) May 6, 2020
The cause Holyfield will be fighting for is #Unite4OurFight, an organization that helps overcome challenges and adversity for children and first responders. It is a huge part of The Evander Holyfield Foundation.
Holyfield (44-10-2, 1NC), a former WBA, WBC, IBF, and lineal Heavyweight Champion, last fought in 2011. He beat Brian Nielsen via TKO. “The Real Deal” has beaten some of the best boxing has to offer, including Buster Douglas, George Foreman, Lary Holmes, Ray Mercer, and Tyson.
The timing could not be better. Tyson has announced he will be returning to the ring for charity bouts. His team is currently looking at a list of opponents for him. Holyfield and Tyson have some unfinished business against one another. The former beat Tyson in November 1996 for the WBA Heavyweight Title. Holyfield was able to control the fight, beating Tyson via TKO. They fought one another in a rematch in 1997, with Holyfield winning via DQ. This bout was controversial due to Tyson biting the ear of Holyfield twice.
Holyfield recently told Forbes that if the price was right, he would be willing to face Tyson again. Stay tuned for updates to see if the two will clash one more time.