Boxing: Evander Holyfield open to fighting Mike Tyson for charity

Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield is open to tangling with Mike Tyson in a trilogy fight for charity, provided the latter asks for the bout.

Holyfield, 57, and Tyson, 53, are no strangers to each other, as the two had a pair of encounters during an eight-month stretch in 1996 and 1997. Holyfield won the WBA heavyweight title in an 11th-round TKO in the first encounter before the latter contest ended when Tyson controversially bit a chunk of the then-champion’s ear.

Fast forward to the present, as Holyfield told BBC that he would take on Tyson in a three-round bout for charity.

“I don’t want pressure on me that ‘You just want to fight Mike because you know you can beat him,’ ” Holyfield said.

“If he hits me I’m going to hit back. I’m going to be 58, he’ll be 54, you talk about being in good health and doing things the proper way that respects it. I don’t have no problem with it.”

Tyson (50-6) has not fought since losing to Kevin McBride in 2005. Holyfield (44-10-2) last competed in 2011 when he defeated Danish heavyweight Brian Nielsen by TKO.


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Author: Field Level Media