Mike Tyson: I Want Evander Holyfield & Lennox Lewis Exhibitions
Boxing legend Mike Tyson is eyeing exhibition fights with Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis.
Tyson is no stranger to Holyfield and Lewis. He suffered two losses to Holyfield and one to Lewis. “Iron” Mike is itching for more exhibition matches after his November 2020 showdown with Roy Jones Jr.
During an edition of his Hotboxin’ podcast, Tyson said that he’s looking to share the ring with Holyfield and Lewis one more time (via BoxingScene.com).
“I want Holyfield and I want Lennox Lewis this year. I want both of them, I think I can get ’em both this year … else if I box an exhibition with Tyson Fury. If I do that — even if I can get those two guys, I’ll say this is a wrap, I can go and live my life. And that’s just exhibitions. I’m going to break all my true records with exhibitions.”
Tyson first took on Holyfield back in November 1996. Tyson lost the WBA Heavyweight Title via 11th-round TKO. The June 1997 rematch ended in a disqualification when Tyson bit both of Holyfield’s ears.
In June 2002, Tyson challenged Lewis for the WBC, IBF, IBO, and The Ring Heavyweight Titles. Tyson was knocked out in the eighth round.
The general consensus is that whoever Tyson shares the ring with next, it’ll be a lucrative venture. Tyson’s exhibition with Jones brought in 1.6 million PPV buys for Triller and the estimated revenue was $80 million despite not having a live gate.