“You Beat the Guy Twice”- Evander Holyfield Unwilling to Bully Mike Tyson into a Third Fight

Published 05/08/2020, 9:59 AM EDT


The last week has been absolutely exceptional for boxing fans. Mike Tyson announced intentions to come back and put up a training video that left everyone spellbound. Later, 4-time Heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield announced a return and confirmed that it was purely for exhibitions.

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This had fans joining the dots and calling for the trilogy fight 23 years in the making. In a chat with Manouk Akopyan, ‘The Real Deal’ said, spoke about who he is looking at facing. 

Evander Holyfield open to boxing Mike Tyson 

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“Will have to be someone who can box. It’s not going to be a tough fight it will be more choreographed.”

He also said he was open to facing Mike Tyson provided Mike asks for it.

“As long as it works for both of us. I wouldn’t ask him, he’d have to ask me. Because it’s like being a bully, you beat the guy twice. In a charity thing, it’d be more this is what he wants to do.”

When Akopyan cheekily asked ‘The Real Deal’ if we would consider choreographing an ear bite into the fight, he chuckled and replied, “Yup.

Boxing fans will now be pleading with ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ to swallow his pride and ask for the Trilogy. It certainly goes against his character. But ‘The Real Deal’ has clearly stated that this is the only way the trilogy will happen. 

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As per a tweet, by Akopyan, ‘The Real Deal’ will use the fight to raise money for his charity called Unite 4 Our Fight. Fans certainly are on board with this as exhibitions offer then a chance to see yesteryear stars face each other. At other times we get to see generations collide. 

In addition to ‘Iron,’ ‘The Real Deal’ also said he was looking at former champions including Lennox Lewis, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Riddick Bowe

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However, judging by Mike Tyson’s intensity and his Mitt holder Rafael Cordeiro’s comments at the nascent stage of ‘Iron’s proposed return. It seems unlikely that the former 2-time Heavyweight Champion will be content with just dancing around and putting up a show for 4 rounds.

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Reubyn Coutinho

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Reubyn Coutinho is a Combat Sports editor at EssentiallySports with over 2 years of journalistic experience. Having earned his bachelor's degree in Mass Media with a specialization in Journalism from Xavier's College, Reubyn has interned with the sports desks at DNA and Times Now before joining EssentiallySports to further his passion for sports content. Reubyn has interviewed former UFC champions like 'Mighty Mouse' Demetrious Johnson and Miesha Tate.

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