Evander Holyfield Will Fight Again and This Time Against Mike Tyson, Says Triller Boss

Published 09/21/2021, 1:42 AM EDT
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)


Despite his horrific return, Evander Holyfield still wants to test himself in the boxing ring, maybe against a fighter of his age. However, the idea may not sit well with several other people, especially after how the 58-year-old fared on September 11. Nevertheless, the former heavyweight champion seems unbothered by all these factors.

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Per Triller chief Ryan Kavanaugh, Holyfield may opt for a trilogy showdown against former foe Mike Tyson, citing sheer energy for the fight fans. In a chat with MMA fighting, Kavanaugh commented on several aspects, including the future of Holyfield’s combat.

He said, “Hopefully I think Holyfield will end up fighting someone again, hopefully people see as better suited. Whether it’s Tyson or someone like that.” (H/T:- Michael Benson)

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Well, facing Mike Tyson was initially the original plan of Evander Holyfield. Following Tyson’s comeback fight against Roy Jones Jr. in 2020, ‘The Real Deal’ had called out his ex-rival. However, Tyson didn’t show any special interest in it and remained busy with his outer-ring activities.

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Meanwhile, Evander Holyfield has had a below-average return, which further endangers the possibilities of him facing Mike Tyson. But relying on Kavanaugh’s statements, if both men can come under terms, we might see the heavyweight blockbuster happen under exhibition guidelines.

Evander Holyfield vs Mike Tyson – One of the best fights of all time

In the late 90s, Holyfield and Tyson were bitter rivals and had no love for the other. It resulted in them facing each other twice as professionals. In both 1996 and 1997, ‘The Real Deal’ beat ‘Iron’. After finishing Tyson clean in the first fight, the second bout became extremely controversial.

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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)

Mike Tyson bit off Holyfield’s ear, which caused a massive altercation in the ring. Although the referee disqualified Mike Tyson for the antic,  Iron’ went ahead, brawling with his rival in the post-fight segment.

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Thus, these heated moments could have staged a stellar trilogy position. However, several factors need to be addressed before we can expect Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield to lock horns for one last time.

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Raj Sarkar

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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. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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