Roy Jones Jr., Shannon Briggs, and Other Legends in Line to Fight Mike Tyson as Evander Holyfield Trilogy Falls Apart

Published 03/26/2021, 4:00 PM 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 trilogy between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield was discussed for a long time. In fact, a couple of days ago, Tyson himself confirmed that he’s fighting Holyfield next in an exhibition bout. But because of some uncertainties the fight fell through and isn’t on the cards right now.

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That said, this has opened Mike Tyson to enormous legends of the sport including the likes of Roy Jones Jr., Shannon Briggs, Lennox Lewis, and more.

In November 2020, Tyson locked horns with Roy Jones Jr. in an 8-round exhibition bout. Here, ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ fared exuberantly well and showed a snippet of his old self to the entire world.

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Though the fight concluded as a draw, Tyson accrued substantial applause for his cracking performance.

Nov 28, 2020; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Mike Tyson (black trunks) exits the ring after his split draw against Roy Jones, Jr. (white trunks) during a heavyweight exhibition boxing bout for the WBC Frontline Belt at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Scarnici/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Right after that fight, ‘Iron Mike’ expressed his inquisitiveness to step inside the squared circle yet again and fight for a social cause.

Watching his exhibition fight, many retro heavyweight stars planned to lace up the boxing gloves again and compete in exhibition bouts. But no one more than Mike Tyson is hungry to storm back to the boxing ring again.

His last exhibition fight with Roy Jones Jr. garnered 1.6 million PPV buys. And his return fight is expected to do even better than this.

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Should Mike Tyson face Roy Jones Jr. again?

Although ‘Iron’ Mike’s exhibition bout with Jones Jr. went as planned, a rematch won’t really lure the fans. Fans have already seen both of them engage in a tussle and this time they would want to see a new face going up against ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’.
Mike Tyson in London to see Frank Bruno against James ‘Quick ‘ Tillis, (Picture) Mike Tyson sparring, 25th March 1987. (Photo by Brendan Monks/Daily Mirror/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Lennox Lewis has no plans of coming back to the boxing ring as of now. That said, the relevant exhibition bout that can be made at this stage is Mike Tyson vs Shannon Briggs.

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However, there’s no official news from Briggs’ corner about his desire to fight Mike Tyson in an exhibition bout. It will be interesting to see how things play out in the next few months for ‘Iron’ Mike.
Who would you like you to see go up next against Mike Tyson?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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