Retired heavyweight champion ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson says he’ll be facing Evander ‘The Real Deal’ Holyfield on the 29th of May in their long-awaited trilogy match.
This is surprising because the 54-year-old Tyson (50-6, 44 KOs) had rejected an offer of $25 million to face the 58-year-old retired two-division world champion Holyfield (44-10-2, 29 KOs) on Monday.
If the fight does happen, what’s unknown is if this will be a real professional fight or another exhibition bout like the one we saw from Tyson against 52-year-old Roy Jones Jr in a Triller card last November at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. That was a pay-per-view exhibition match.
During an Instagram chat with Haute Living, Mike Tyson said, “I just want to tell people that the fight between Holyfield and I will be done. “Holyfield is a humble guy, I know, he is a man of God, but I am the man of God.”
“And we are going to be very successful on the 29th of May. I see it happening, the fight is going to happen, the only thing we have to check is small fundamental things in the contract and we are going to be Evander and I.” Tyson said.
Regardless of Tyson and Holyfield both being in their 50s, their trilogy match could bring in a massive number of pay-per-view buys in the United States.
Tyson-Holyfield might be the biggest in the U.S, whereas Joshua vs. Fury would be likely bigger outside of the U.S.
If Tyson comes in excellent shape, he’s got an excellent chance of defeating Holyfield, who will be turning 59 in October.
Holyfield had beat Tyson twice earlier in his career, stopping him in the 11th round in their first fight in November 1996, and then beating him a second time in their rematch by a third-round disqualification in June 1997.
This wasn’t the prime version of Tyson that Holyfield beat, not even close. Most boxing fans would agree that Tyson was at his best from 1985 to 1988.
Anything after that, he was getting by on power and speed, but he wasn’t the same fighter he’d been before he started making the big money.
By the time Holyfield met up with Tyson for the first time in 1996, he was a mere shell of the fighter he’d been in the mid-1980s, and it was sad to see. Tyson’s career was slowly collapsing by that time.