Evander Holyfield's huge admission about Mike Tyson fight

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor
Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield at the 19th annual Harold and Carole Pump Foundation Gala in 2019. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

Evander Holyfield has sent boxing fans into a frenzy after confirming talks are underway for a fight with fellow legend Mike Tyson.

Holyfield, 57, and Tyson, 53, have been teasing fans over recent weeks, both saying they’re coming out of retirement to fight for charity.

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Amis speculation the former heavyweight champions could step back in the ring for a trilogy fight against each other, Holyfield has confirmed the possibility is very much on the cards.

Speaking to The 3 Point Conversation about the possibility of fighting Tyson again, Holyfield said: “His people have been talking to my people and we haven’t yet got a solid deal together but it’s coming that way.

"If it happens, then that’s no problem. Well the thing is, he was doing something and I was doing something.

“When I told people about it, they saw me working out and they kind of put two and two together,

“They must be coming together to do this like this. But the fact of the matter is, I didn’t mind if we do do something like this.”

Holyfield is 2-0 against Tyson, including the infamous fight that saw Tyson bite a chunk of Holyfield’s ear off.

Holyfield insists his and Tyson’s comebacks weren’t pre-planned to coincide.

“Well the point of the comeback – somebody just made up the names themselves – I’d been telling people that I wanted to start doing exhibitions,” he said.

“Meaning that with my foundation, the Holyfield Foundation, I wanted to help the kids.

“I wanted to come back and be able to show the kids that if you take care of your body at a young age, if you don’t get bad habits, you don’t gotta put them down.

“Then at an old age you ain’t got to be worried about what type of person you’re going to be or if somebody going to have to help you.”

Evander Holyfield reacts after being bitten by Mike Tyson in 1996. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine via Getty Images)

Concerns about legends’ ‘irresponsible’ comebacks

Eddie Hearn concedes it may be ‘irresponsible’ to let Tyson return to boxing at the age of 53 - but acknowledges it would be a compelling prospect for the sport.

Hearn, who manages Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte, says a person linked to Tyson has reached out to him to promote his potential comeback, leaving him facing a moral dilemma.

“I would probably like to see it but I feel, is it a bit irresponsible to let a 53-year-old legend back in the ring?” Hearn told British Boxing Television.

“I had a message from someone saying they wanted to talk to me about Mike.

“He looks pretty dangerous. What's compelling is could he actually go back in at 53 and do some damage in the division? Maybe, maybe not. But should we be encouraging that from an all-time great?

“There's a fine line - and I've crossed it a couple of times - between integrity of the sport and entertainment delivering numbers. I know people will say, ‘Well, you did the YouTube fight with KSI’.

“Our job is to deliver numbers for broadcasters but we have to keep it as close to the right mark as we can.”

with Omnisport