Recently, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield announced their intentions to return to the ring. Following his announcement, Holyfield did state that he would be interested in a Tyson trilogy fight. The two would compete for charity in a bout that would most likely receive record numbers.
It appears, however, that Holyfield has an interest in facing another rival.
Speaking with TMZ Sports, Holyfield (44-10-2, 1NC) started by saying his interest in a fight with Tyson hasn’t gone away.
“It wouldn’t bother me to do so… I’m always thinking that the person who takes care of themselves well, they’re the ones that tend to last… It would be no problem,” said Holyfield.
“The Real Deal” then went on to say he had another opponent in mind. This specific fighter is someone who Holyfield has already fought three times.
“My manager, he had talks and all that. The fact is with me personally I think that’s for me to ask… The only person I would actually really ask is Riddick Bowe because me and him are buddies,” Holyfield went on to say.”
Before the fights against Tyson, a 29-year-old Holyfield faced off against Riddick Bowe (43-1, 1NC) for the first time in 1992. Holyfield, who won the WBA, WBC, and IBF Heavyweight Titles from George Foreman, lost the titles to Bowe in Nevada via unanimous decision. Holyfield was the 7-5 favorite, but Bowe managed to outland him. The later rounds were considered the best of the fight, and it is considered one of the best heavyweight fights of all time with over 900,000 PPV buys.
The rematch in 1993 saw Holyfield walk out with the split decision win. Holyfield was dominating the middle rounds when paraglider James Miller crashed into the ring. Following a delay, the two returned to punish one another. That generated over 950,000 PPV buys. The third bout took place in 1995, and although Holyfield was leading in the cards, Bowe won the bout, forcing Holyfield to suffer his first TKO loss.
Since the trilogy, Bowe would only fight five more times. He attempted a comeback in the late 2000s after not appearing in a ring since 1996. Holyfield went on to face Tyson, beat him twice, and would continue to fight until 2011.
Despite them being friends now, there was some tension between Holyfield and Tyson after the latter bit the ear of Holyfield in their second fight. Even though he is thinking about Bowe, Holyfield still believes a bout with him and “Iron” Mike can still happen.
“I would think so,” Holyfield said regarding a Tyson bout. “Life’s about two people really trusting each other and what can we do now. There’s a lot of things that me and Mike have done together that works.”