Evander Holyfield is interested in a charity boxing match with Mike Tyson. It would be great and they haven’t fought each other since 1997, when Tyson bit off part of Holyfield’s ear.
The two heavyweights fought two times in their careers and Holyfield won both times. Holyfield beat Tyson via 11th-round TKO in 1996 to win the WBA heavyweight title when the two were near the heights of their popularity. And in the rematch less than a year later, Tyson was disqualified for notoriously biting off a piece of Holyfield’s ear.
Both Tyson and Holyfield have been posting videos on social media that hint at boxing returns, and they seem to be building toward a fight with each other. Holyfield says he would do it so long as Tyson asks.
“If I ask him, it’s almost like me being a bully saying I want to go against somebody I’ve beaten twice,” Holyfield told the BBC. “I don’t want pressure on me that ‘you just want to fight Mike because you know you can beat him’.”
Holyfield, who is 57, last fought professionally in 2011. Tyson is 53 and hasn’t fought since 2005. This fight could be interesting and would probably draw a big pay per view audience, since the pandemic has reduced live sports to the point that sports fans are hungry for action.