Evander Holyfield urges Mike Tyson to sign the contract and set up a fight in the ring

by Kavya Somer Top and Best

When two former world boxing champs get into the ring, it can still light up the stadium with fans jeering at the opponent and cheering for their favorite.

Although fans are unlikely due to the pandemic, a fight between two boxing greats can be very intriguing for enthusiasts.

It’s been almost 25 years when Mike Tyson had to cede victory to Evander Holyfield for the WBA heavyweight title. Holyfield beat him twice to win and retain the WBA heavyweight title.

Now, Evander Holyfield wants to reprise the fight they had so many years ago and has urged Mike Tyson to go for it. Holyfield is all charged up after he watched the fight between Tyson and Roy Jones Jr on Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Although the fight ended in a draw, Tyson looked very strong and solid. This exhibition match may have motivated Holyfield to get into the ring.  

Holyfield believes that a trilogy fight between him and Tyson would be the ultimate global boxing event or fight that anybody would love to see happen.  


"My side tried to make the fight happen and we got nothing but excuses," said Holyfield while talking to the press. "Now I can see why he wanted a tuneup fight before thinking about fighting me.

"No more excuses. This is the fight that must happen for both our legacies. Saturday night you said you were ready to fight me, so sign the contract and get in the ring, Tyson. The world is waiting and it's on you now. I'm ready."

After watching the 54-year-old Tyson giving a tough fight to 51-year-old Jones in a much talked-about fight that ended in a draw Holyfield also wants to enjoy the spotlight once again.

Tyson also plans to get into the ring for another exhibition match in the future but with a different opponent.

Tyson is interested in facing Holyfield next and doesn't want to postpone it anymore. Tyson also mentioned that they might need to cut out the middleman to make the bout happen.

"Maybe Evander needs to talk to me because every time my business associates talk to his business associates, it doesn't turn out well," Tyson said after the fight Saturday.

"So, I don't know. If you could see what we made tonight, if these guys really care about the welfare of Evander, they would have had this fight with Evander. Maybe we'll do another, but whoever he's with, whoever is handling him is totally wrong."

Tyson-Holyfield fights were the treats for boxing lovers

Tyson-Holyfield promised the best boxing rivalries of the 1990s that kept fans on the edge of their seats. In November 1996, Holyfield, who was in the midst of a comeback from retirement, shocked a prime Tyson by scoring an 11th-round TKO victory -- a significant upset.

Holyfield also won the June 1997 rematch. It is still etched in the minds of the people when Tyson twice bit Holyfield’s ear (the first time ripping a piece off) in retaliation for what he perceived to be intentional head-butts.

Tyson and Jones both were set to receive a guaranteed $1 million purse. Tyson might make $10 million after pay-per-view buys came in.

Looking at this, 58-year-old Holyfield quipped "I wasn't getting in the ring for less than $25 million."

Holyfield hasn't gotten into the ring, and it has been over 15 years for Tyson.

But as Tyson showed Saturday night while tenderizing Jones' ribs, the power is there in him.

It would be great if two greats face each other in the ring after so many years. It will be good for boxing and fans.

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