Mike Tyson Open To Trilogy Bout With Evander Holyfield
Mike Tyson isn’t opposed to sharing the boxing ring with Evander Holyfield a third time.
Tyson and Holyfield have had quite the history together. They have competed twice inside the ring. Back in November 1996, Tyson lost the WBA Heavyweight Title to Holyfield via 11th-round TKO. In their June 28, 1997 rematch, Tyson bit Holyfield’s ear and was disqualified in the third round.
Tyson has been preparing to make a comeback in the form of an exhibition bout. He’ll go one-on-one with Roy Jones Jr. The two will be doing battle for the specially made WBC Frontline Battle Title. Tyson said he decided to return because his “ego” is back.
Speaking to Jim Gray, Tyson revealed that he’s open to sharing the boxing ring with “The Real Deal” one more time (via MMAFighting.com).
“That’s always something that we can do if the people want it, if it’s pragmatic enough, I’d love to do it.”
He went on to respond to those who are criticizing his comeback due to his age, 54.
“‘Old guys’ – that word don’t even make sense. ‘Old.’ It’s just a new time, a new thinking period in our lives. This is what we want to do. Sometimes the gods of war, they revive you and say, ‘You have to do more.’ Now I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t prepare for this. I box people to see if I’m able do this stuff, so I can do this stuff.”
Tyson says that his sole focus is on fighting Jones but he clearly hasn’t ruled out fighting beyond November 28. Tyson vs. Jones will take place inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Fans will not be allowed in the building as of this writing. The bout will be sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission.