Evander Holyfield to Mike Tyson: ‘Signal the contract and get within the ring’

Practically 25 years after beating him twice to win and retain the WBA heavyweight title, Evander Holyfield desires one other piece of Mike Tyson.

After watching Tyson look surprisingly solid for an old legend in his exhibition match vs. Roy Jones Jr. Saturday night time on the Staples Heart in Los Angeles, Holyfield says a trilogy combat between him and Tyson can be “a world occasion and the one combat that anybody desires to see.”

“My facet tried to make the combat occur and we acquired nothing however excuses,” stated Holyfield in a press launch on Tuesday. “Now I can see why he wished a tuneup combat earlier than fascinated about combating me.

“No extra excuses. That is the combat that should occur for each our legacies. Saturday night time you stated you had been able to combat me, so signal the contract and get within the ring, Tyson. The world is ready and it is on you now. I am prepared.”

After the 54-year-old Tyson delivered some notable punishment to 51-year-old Jones, in a combat that led to a draw, he stated he plans to get within the ring for an additional exhibition combat sooner or later, although it could be with a unique opponent. He did not appear to shrink back from going through Holyfield subsequent, however famous that they could want to chop out the intermediary to make the bout occur.

“Possibly Evander wants to speak to me as a result of each time my enterprise associates discuss to his enterprise associates, it would not end up nicely,” Tyson stated after the combat Saturday. “So, I do not know. In the event you may see what we made tonight, if these guys actually care in regards to the welfare of Evander, they’d have had this combat with Evander. Possibly we’ll do one other, however whoever he is with, whoever is dealing with him is completely fallacious.”

Tyson and Jones each had been set to obtain a assured $1 million purse, with Tyson reportedly in place to make $10 million after pay-per-view buys got here in. The 58-year-old Holyfield informed the “I’m Athlete” podcast final week that “I wasn’t getting within the ring for lower than $25 million.” So it appears clear they’re going to must work out the monetary asks for a Tyson-Holyfield exhibition to occur.

Holyfield hasn’t participated in a sanctioned boxing match in practically 10 years, and it had been over 15 years for Tyson. However as Tyson confirmed Saturday night time whereas tenderizing Jones’ ribs, the ability is usually the final trait to go away a fighter.

Tyson-Holyfield was one among boxing’s greatest rivalries of the Nineteen Nineties. In November 1996, Holyfield, who was within the midst of a comeback from retirement, shocked a main Tyson by scoring an Eleventh-round TKO victory — a big upset. Holyfield gained the June 1997 rematch, too, by fourth-round disqualification in controversial style as Tyson twice bit his ear (the primary time ripping a chunk off) in retaliation for what he perceived to be intentional head-butts. Tyson, who had been dropping the early rounds, was docked two factors after the primary chew after which chomped once more.

That was the final time we noticed the 2 former heavyweight champions within the ring collectively. But when each fighters can work out the main points, we may see some model of the trilogy in 2021.

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