Holyfield On Tyson: ‘If He Tag Me I’m Gonna Tag Him Back’
Although there appears to be no more bad blood between the two, Evander Holyfield still has that competitive drive when it comes to Mike Tyson.
Speaking with BBC Sport, Holyfield (44-10-2, 1NC) discussed the idea of facing Tyson (50-6, 2NC). He previously stated that he is not afraid of “Iron” Mike, and he wouldn’t take the fight if it wasn’t for charity. Already beating him twice, Holyfield doesn’t want to be the bully. However, he will do whatever it takes to make it an entertaining affair in which he wins.
“If he hits me I’m gonna hit you back, that’s what boxing is really about. I’m gonna be 58, he’ll be 54, you talk about being in good health and doing things the proper way that respects it,” Holyfield stated.
“Anybody that I get in the ring with, if I’m in there with my brother, if he tag me I’m gonna tag him back. If you don’t want me to throw bombs you’d better not throw no bombs.”
“The Real Deal” 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.
When Holyfield announced his return to the ring for the first time since 2011, like Tyson, he announced it would only be for charity. He has already stated that his team has been in contact with Tyson’s. In response to a potential fight, Tyson was interested, but it is unknown if Holyfield will make the cut when he reportedly makes his decision this week.
Holyfield will be fighting for #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 hopes that children growing up will be inspired by him and do whatever they can to succeed.
“I’m doing it for my foundation to tell them (kids) what life is really about,” Holyfield went on to say. “When they see me box at 58 years old, they’re gonna go ‘wow, how did you do that?’ Taking care of yourself, listen to your momma, listen to your father.
“When you become an adult you don’t just say all that stuff my parents told me don’t work. The reason you made it this far is because of these things your parents told you. I had good parents and a good coach.”