Evander Holyfield Says a Fight With Mike Tyson Will Be Global Event, Calls Roy Jones Jr. a Local Opponent

Published 03/11/2021, 9:00 AM EST


It seems the former heavyweight champion, Evander Holyfield, is elevated to fight rival, Mike Tyson. Holyfield has landed enough verbal jabs on ‘Iron’ Mike until now. He wants Tyson to sign for the trilogy bout against him and roll out a classic show for the fans.

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Tyson fought Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition bout in November 2020. Earlier he was supposed to face Holyfield on the same night, but the fight couldn’t come to terms. However, that is in the past and the ‘Real Deal’ is now hungry to share the squared circle with ‘Iron Mike’.

In a chat with Boxing Scene, Holyfield said, “My side tried to make the fight happen, and we got nothing but excuses. Now I can see why he wanted a tune-up fight before thinking about fighting me,”

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Roy Jones was a good local opponent for Mike, but a fight with me would be a global event and the only fight that anyone wants to see is a fight between us.”

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)

Given these comments, fans will be licking their lips at the prospect of seeing this rematch nearly 25 years in the making.

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Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield to happen by mid-2021?

Holyfield has immersed himself in rigorous workout sessions. Even at age 58, the former champion spends countless hours in the gym. He wants to present a snippet of his former self in a trilogy against Tyson and will look to go 3-0 against ‘The Baddest Man On The Planet’.

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The duo collided with each other twice, and the world saw what happened in both of those fights in 1996 and 1997, respectively. Given the fact that both men are in their dotage, a professional bout will never happen, but an exhibition would certainly satiate yesteryears fans’ desires.

Considering such magnificent hype for this contest, it seems this fight might get staged for mid-2021.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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