Bad News for Boxing Fans as Evander Holyfield Says He Won’t Chase the Mike Tyson Fight

Published 04/17/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 6, 2018: American professional boxer Mike Tyson during a press conference following a boxing masterclass for RCC Boxing Promotions boxers and children at the Martial Arts Academy established by the Russian Copper Company. Donat Sorokin/TASS (Photo by Donat SorokinTASS via Getty Images)


Evander Holyfield is one of boxing’s most famous heavyweight champions. ‘The Real Deal’ became a global star thanks to his boxing achievements as well as his infamous rivalry against Mike Tyson. However, it appears as though fans may have to give up on the idea of witnessing a trilogy between those two.

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Holyfield is all set for his return to the ring on the undercard of Teofimo Lopez vs. George Kambosos Jr. The former world champion will take on the man who retired Mike Tyson, i.e. Kevin McBride. However, he has spoken up about his potential bout against ‘Iron Mike.’

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The 44-10-2 boxer spoke to the media at the first press conference of the Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos Jr. event. He said, “The fact is that, Mike and I were gonna fight. And… but, somehow, it went the other way. I don’t know if Mike’s right, or at fault or not. So, I just got another dance partner.”

This comment showed ‘The Real Deal’ is not bothered by the fight that could have happened and is instead focused on his next opponent. When asked about the future, Holyfield said, “It’s possible. I don’t know, but it’s possible. If he wants to. My whole thing is not to chase anybody.”

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How did the Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson fall through?

This comment from Holyfield may disappoint fans that hoped for the trilogy between the two rivals. However, it also showed how close the two were to a trilogy. So why did the fight between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson fall through?

Tyson got into a dispute with Triller and claimed he would never do another event with the platform. This sparked rumors that the trilogy would not happen. A few days after that, Holyfield’s manager confirmed they had received an unsatisfactory offer from Tyson’s team.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 09: Heavyweight boxing legends Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield attend the 19th annual Harold and Carole Pump Foundation Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 09, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

As a result, the fight fell through, and Holyfield moved on to face ‘The Clones Colossus’.

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Now, only time will tell if ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ and ‘The Real Deal’ will face each other one last time to settle their differences.

What do you make of these comments from Evander Holyfield? Do you think he is right in not chasing the Tyson fight?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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