“The Whole Thing Is Just a Piece of Hilarity”- Former UFC Star Slams Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield 3

Published 03/23/2021, 12:00 PM 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)


Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield have teased a possible trilogy exhibition a few months back. However, it isn’t looking likely as there have been no official developments to the fight. Although Holyfield has revealed that he offered a challenge to Tyson’s team, he doesn’t seem to have received a response.

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Meanwhile, Tyson appears busy with several projects, including his podcast. That said, former UFC star Chael Sonnen absolutely ridiculed the trilogy rumors. Moreover, he didn’t see the trilogy coming in the first place. Speaking with the fans on his podcast, Sonnen also bashed the reporters who broke the rumors of the fight.

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“This fight is off, excuse me, when was it on? What do you mean, the fight between Evander and Tyson is off. Like, as though there was a press release that this was on,” said Sonnen.

‘The American Gangster added, “So then they start to work bad words right and only the dum-dums of boxing could put a story so fumbled together. And how could they get the dumb-dumb writers to write the dumb-dumb words. I mean, the whole thing is just a piece of hilarity.”

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)
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Meanwhile, Mike Tyson has hinted at appearing in exhibition bouts ahead. Following a successful scrap against Roy Jones Jr., he ended his 15-year-long hiatus from the ring. So, ‘Iron’ Mike can stun Sonnen and several fans by actually confirming an exhibition bout against his former foe Evander Holyfield.

Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield 3- History of the rivalry

Heavyweight boxing saw one of its vilest feuds when Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson collided. The two-fight rivalry was full of controversy and viciousness that saw ‘The Real Deal’ beat Tyson twice. However, the first win was a clear one.

After Holyfield knocked out Tyson in the first fight, the rematch happened within six months. However, it turned it to be a controversial fight as Tyson bit off a piece of Holyfield’s ear. So, it was ruled as a disqualification and ‘Iron Mike’ had to end the rivalry with zero wins.

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That said, the heavyweight legends became friends later and are two of the prime ambassadors of the heavyweight division. While they have no more bad-blood, a trilogy clash at their dotage will not be less than any movie-like scenario.

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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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