Boxing: Holyfield confirms third fight with Tyson almost finalised

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Four-time World Heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield in training

Evander Holyfield has confirmed that a massive third fight with Mike Tyson is close to being finalised.

The two boxing legends have recently posted training videos, sparking speculation that a shocking return to the ring could be on the cards for both of them.

Holyfield, 57, posted a comeback video of his own after seeing his long-term rival Tyson do the same. The American still looked handy on the bag, and still looked in great shape despite his advancing age.

As for ‘Iron Mike’, his videos returning to training essentially broke the internet. Thousands and thousands of people saw his videos, probably millions in the end, and his work on the pads was simply terrifying.

So with both clearly starting boxing training again, a lot of people put two and two together and claimed a third fight was coming.

Of course, Holyfield defeated Tyson twice in their illustrious careers, with one fight being more memorable than the other… when tyson bit a piece of Holyfield’s ear off.

Mike Tyson bit off part of Evander Holyfield’s ear during their legendary fight in 1997

The third fight, if it does in fact happen, could be a bit different mind and could be an exhibition fight for charity.

Tyson said he’d be willing to fight for charity and in exhibition-style fights, something like a four-round bout, and that is something that could happen with his long-term rival.

“His [Tyson’s] people have been talking to my people and we haven’t yet got a solid deal together but it’s coming that way,” Holyfield said when asked about his possible comeback.

“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.”

Evander Holyfield

“They must be coming together to do this like this. 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,” Holyfield added.

“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.”

Holyfield officially retired from boxing nine years ago, leaving his professional record at 44-10-2.

As for Tyson, he retired way earlier in 2005 and ended his career with a record of 50-6.

 

Chidi Nwoke.