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While Answering Whether Mike Tyson Was Ducking Him, Evander Holyfield Recalls How He Avoided Being a “Clown” With His Mother’s Aid

Published 11/20/2023, 12:19 AM EST

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27 years after his historic fight with Mike Tyson, the former Unified Heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield revealed whether or not Mike Tyson was ducking him initially. After Holyfield defeated Seamus McDonagh in June of 1990, ‘The Real Deal’ became the no. 1 contender in the Heavyweight division.

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At this, although a fight between Tyson and Holyfield became unavoidable, it took ‘The Real Deal’ another 11 fights and six years to get the Tyson fight! So, was Tyson avoiding Holyfield till 1996 when they first met? Here is what Holyfied revealed in his latest interview with Vlad TV.

Evander Holyfield’s mother made ‘The Real Deal’ patient for the Mike Tyson fight


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By 1990, Holyfield had already beaten Pinklon Thomas, Michael Dokes, and James Tillis, the first person to have gone the distance with ‘Kid Dynamite’. As a result, while Tyson reigned the division, Holyfield became the no. 1 Heavyweight contender who deserved to face Tyson in the ring. At this, on being asked if Tyson was deliberately avoiding Holyfield, ‘The Real Deal’ stated he barely thought about it.

I didn’t think about it. The point of the matter is that I want to fight for the championship but there are rules and regulations. So, one thing is, my mom says, ‘Son, don’t ever be in a hurry‘,” started Holyfield.


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My mom had these things about how you made yourself a clown. By bragging about yourself because you’re so anxious to do something. But, then you get there and you don’t it,” he continued. By and by, he revealed that following his mother’s words, Holyfield just wanted to “be ready” for when the moment arrived instead of letting it come and “slip away from me.”

Eventually, with his patience, Holyfield got to face Tyson in November 1996 and became the WBA Heavyweight champion. Soon after the first bout, the duo had a rematch in 1997 where Tyson was disqualified. However, in the recent past, Tyson and Holyfield once again became the talk of the town as there was a rumor about a trilogy.


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Will Holyfield fight Tyson ever in a trilogy?

Although Tyson retired in 2005, he returned to face Roy Jones Jr. in 2020 for an exhibition match. Since ‘Kid Dynamite’ came back, a section of the boxing world wondered about the possibility of a trilogy between Tyson and Holyfield. In fact, TMZ Sports even interviewed Holyfield about the trilogy. While Holyfield was delighted to know that people still cared about his return, he firmly stated that he would not fight Tyson again in his life.


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Too late now. I’m done now,” declared Holyfield. With that said, what do you make of Holyfield remaining patient for the Tyson bout? Let us know in the comments below.

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