Evander Holyfield’s Manager Tells What Went Wrong With the Mike Tyson Fight

Published 03/23/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 09: Former boxer Mike Tyson inducts Evander Holyfield (not pictured) into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame at the second annual induction gala at the New Tropicana Las Vegas on August 9, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


The Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield trilogy is in jeopardy after a few complications over the past weeks. And now Holyfield’s manager has come out and explained what has gone wrong. He also revealed what has to happen to make the fight.

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Reports suggested everything was going well with the negotiations, and Holyfield would most likely be the next opponent for Tyson. However, things changed quickly, and now it appears they may not face each other.

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)

Kris Lawrence, the manager of Holyfield, spoke to the AK & Barak Show and gave an update. He said Holyfield knows his worth and won’t settle for less. The manager then added, “Mike and him had a verbal agreement of a 50/50 deal the first day this ever started and that’s what this is about. That’s what this is about. He got on the phone with Mike, and they agreed to a 50/50 deal”.

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This comment showed the primary reason for the breakdown in negotiations. However, the cause for the change in offer may be the ongoing dispute between Tyson and Triller. Whatever the reason, it is clear that ‘The Real Deal’ will not fight for anything less than 50%.

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What needs to happen for Evander Holyfield to agree to a fight against Mike Tyson?

With these comments, Holyfield’s manager clarified that at the moment, the fight would not happen. However, he spoke about what has to happen for fans to witness the two legends battle it out again.

“What needs to happen is what was represented to Evander from day one. That everybody agreed on a 50/50 and that’s not what happened. So, you know, all Evander wants is what was agreed to,” said Lawrence.

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If Tyson and Triller can resolve their dispute, then negotiations will proceed. However, for now, fans will have to wait for this bout as the rumored date of May 29 looks unlikely.

What do you make of these comments from the manager of Evander Holyfield? Do you think we will get to see a trilogy fight between the two?

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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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