A Man Refused to Sell Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield Signed Ticket When He Found Out Its Real Value

Published 01/15/2022, 3:43 AM EST
JACKSONVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 19: Former boxing champion Mike Tyson looks on during the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 19, 2019 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fl.(Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield are two of the greatest heavyweight boxers to have ever walked on the planet. Both men have a storied history and a bad blood rivalry that goes down several years back. But it is still prominent in the minds of traditional fans. That said, Tyson and Holyfield became superstars even before they unleashed the rivalry within themselves.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Holyfield appeared in the 1984 Olympics for team USA, which Mike Tyson also attended. A year later, Tyson became a professional in 1985 and donned the heavyweight championship in 1986 at the age of 20. Holyfield also began his pro career after the Olympics in 1984 and by the year 1988, both men were at the top of the boxing chain.

Meanwhile, a lucky fan could bag Tyson’s and Holyfield’s signatures together when the boxers were gearing up for the 1984 Olympics. He got the signatures on a ticket and 38 years later, the person still possesses the ticket in a pretty decent condition.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Named Bill, the person was willing to sell it for $500. However, he changed his plans after knowing the actual worth of the ticket, which was four times more than what he had expected. A pawn specialist came in and checked the ticket to verify it as a real possession. Meanwhile, he claimed the actual worth of it to be $2000, which shook the owner.

DIVE DEEPER

‘Just Copped a Catalina Whale’: Mike Tyson Goes ‘All In’ on Solana

9 days ago

Bill didn’t want to sell it for $500 anymore and demanded a straight $1500 at least. While the purchaser requested to make it $1000, which was double the original price, Bill didn’t want to settle for less after knowing the actual worth.

Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield will always remain icons

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Tyson and Holyfield have been compared for several years until they finally locked horns in 1996. Tyson entered the ring as a massive favorite and looked confident about handling ‘The Real Deal’. However, Evander Holyfield offered his best version and stopped ‘Iron’ Mike to gain an upper hand in the rivalry. But the feud didn’t end there.

LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 9: Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson fight for the WBA Heavyweight tittle at the MGM Grand Garden on November 9, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Holyfield won the fight with a TKO in the 11th round. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Tyson bagged an immediate rematch in 1997, which later became one of the most controversial heavyweight scraps of all time. Mike Tyson seemed extremely violent in the ring, but couldn’t do much damage to his opponent.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Watch This Story: Five Insane Facts About Mike Tyson’

Later, a frustrated Tyson bit off a piece of Holyfield’s ear, which urged the referee to stop the fight and declare it an NC. The rivalry sustained even then. But after years of difference, ‘Iron’ and ‘The Real Deal’ became friends as they can lock horns for the third time in a friendly exhibition bout.

Enjoyed reading this article? Download our exclusive app to get 24x7 coverage, latest memes and social media banter. Click here to download.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Raj Sarkar

3027 articles

A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT