“Let Sleeping Dogs Lie”- George Foreman Asks Mike Tyson to Avoid Evander Holyfield

Published 01/13/2021, 5:30 AM EST


If everything falls in place, boxing fans can witness a trilogy clash between former foes- Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson, which might be another exhibition similar to Tyson vs Jones Jr. Following ‘Iron’ Mike’s return, Holyfield has constantly demanded the fight. However, Tyson is yet to accept the offer.

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That said, George Foreman believes Mike Tyson should avoid the fight and let “the sleeping dogs lie”. Although ‘Big George’ predicted a 54-year-old Tyson to become the heavyweight champion two months back, he doesn’t see him taking a fight against 58-year-old Evander Holyfield. Foreman has turned to Twitter to shed his opinion on the heavyweight trilogy.

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Despite hitting his dotage, Holyfield still appears ‘The Real Deal’, and considering his 2 wins over Tyson in the past, the third fight can garner a similar output. So, it might endanger Mike Tyson’s legacy with 0 wins against one of his best opponents.

While Tyson has recently boxed a looming Roy Jones Jr., a fight against Holyfield will be absolutely different. Here’s how the third fight between ‘Iron’ Mike and ‘The Real Deal’ can look like.

Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield?

Unlike Roy Jones Jr., Holyfield is a natural heavyweight and has beaten Mike Tyson twice in his prime. So, he clearly understands the game and the power that Tyson posses. Meanwhile, Holyfield’s recent training videos display the type of effort he is putting in. It seems he is still an active heavyweight pugilist. So, a 58-year-old Holyfield can be treacherous and might vanquish Mike Tyson again.

Tyson has already vowed to accept more exhibition fights ahead. Thus, Holyfield is one of the most relevant names on his radar. If the duo actually makes it happen, it will be a cosmic event for all the boxing fans and will conclude their bad-blood rivalry on a historic note.

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Both Tyson and Holyfield are legends, and two of the best to have ever graced the ring. They don’t need to enrich their legacy further, and a possible fight will only determine the spirit of boxing with no competition between them. Looking back at their career, they have nothing but respect for each other now. Tyson and Holyfield has appeared in several television shows together and are great ambassadors of boxing.

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Do you think Mike Tyson should fight Evander Holyfield? What do you make of George Foreman’s comment?

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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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