Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield: Who Has the Better Record?

Published 09/07/2021, 2:58 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)


Twenty-four years on from Mike Tyson’s infamous ‘bite fight’ with Evander Holyfield, the question still arises. Who was the better fighter? Mike Tyson or Evander Holyfield. Just like the names Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield will always be linked.

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The two heavyweights fought against each other twice, producing some of the best fights filled with their own share of drama, controversy, and knockouts. The two fighters had an actual grudge against each other during their boxing careers.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 28: Mike Tyson exits the ring after receiving a split draw against Roy Jones Jr. during Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. presented by Triller at Staples Center on November 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Triller)

In a debate between Evander ‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield and ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson, people normally jump in to say Holyfield beat him twice. Hence, Holyfield must be the better fighter. However, this is ‘Iron’ Mike we’re talking about, a fighter that lit up the boxing ring like no other.

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The only other boxer to captivate the hearts of the fans and instill fear in his opponent, as Tyson did, was his idol, Muhammad Ali. Arguably the greatest boxer of all time, Iron Mike has one of the most rabid and vocal fans in modern-day boxing.

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)

Both Tyson and Holyfield have ended their careers with huge numbers. Iron Mike holds a record of 50 wins and 6 losses, with 44 wins via KO. Holyfield, on the other hand, boasts a professional record of 44 wins, 10 losses, and 2 draws, with 29 KO wins under his name. So, it’s safe to state that Mike Tyson has a better resume.

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Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield’s relationship outside the ring

Both fighters have moved on from the events that occurred during their second fight. Tyson publicly apologized to Holyfield and the two remain close friends to this day. Both the fighters have started boxing again, with Tyson already having a fight under his belt.

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Tyson fought Roy Jones Jr in an eight-round exhibition match. Even though the winner was not announced, Tyson looked in better shape and would have won the fight.

Who do you think is the better fighter between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield? Would you want to see the two legends go at it against each other in the ring one last time?

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Combat Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Allan is a semi-professional football player for Diego Juniors FC.

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