Kevin McBride Wants to Give Mike Tyson a Shot at Redemption After Beating Evander Holyfield

Published 04/19/2021, 2:00 PM EDT


Irish heavyweight boxer Kevin McBride will return to action against former champion Evander Holyfield in the undercard of Teofimo Lopez vs George Kambosos Jr. on June 5. Putting a quell on his 10-year long inactivity, ‘The Clones Colossus’ appears confident about going against ‘The Real Deal’.

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However, he has chalked up some bigger plans ahead and is open to re-matching Mike Tyson somewhere down the line. Boasting a record of 35-10-1, Kevin McBride may not be in the elite club as he has never won a world title. Nevertheless, the Irishman, who got a crack at ‘Iron’ Mike in 2005, is eager to face the challenge once again.

In the recent Triller press conference, McBride revealed the reason he ended his retirement. He thrilled several boxing fans with his fierce response.

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“I do tree work and I am strong. You know, I picked things up and put things down. But I got the opportunity to fight Evander Holyfield. You know I love boxing so much and this is a great chance to show and that I can do well against Evander and then hopefully, Mike Tyson want to come off the stool and have a rematch and fight me. Let’s get the job done,” said Kevin McBride.

Although Evander Holyfield has also beaten Mike Tyson, McBride’s win was monumental as it was ‘Iron’ Mike’s swansong. While a 54-year-old Tyson has already staged his return against Roy Jones Jr, a rematch with McBride can further attract his interest given that he is 0-1 against the Irish puncher.

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Mike Tyson vs Kevin McBride in 2005

Following a loss against Danny Williams in 2004, Tyson entered the ring against Kevin McBride at the MCI Center, Washington on June 11, 2005. The 10-rounds battle could have been a stage to bring back Tyson into the mix. However, he fell prey to McBride’s punches and was knocked out in round six.

Although Tyson had his moments in the fight, he deployed a lot of energy in the initial stage, and hence, as the fight advanced, he looked weary. That’s when Kevin McBride pounced on Tyson and pummeled him with various combinations.

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The prospect of Holyfield and McBride facing each other will be intriguing, as fans will expect the winner to use the platform to summon ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ for a bout. McBride’s words certainly showed that he would use his comeback as a test. Furthermore, he seemingly mocked Tyson.

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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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