‘If the people want it, I’d love to do it’: Mike Tyson open to an epic trilogy fight with Evander Holyfield ahead of clash against Roy Jones Jr this month… as veteran heavyweight admits a world title bout would be ‘mind-boggling’
- Heavyweight legend Mike Tyson is preparing for his comeback to the ring
- He will face Roy Jones Jr on November 28 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles
- Tyson has admitted he would ‘love’ to fight old enemy Evander Holyfield again
- He said the prospect of taking on the world’s best fighters was ‘mind boggling’
Legendary heavyweight star Mike Tyson has welcomed the possibility of an epic trilogy fight against old foe Evander Holyfield.
The 54-year-old, who is preparing for a highly-anticipated return to the ring against Roy Jones Jr on November 28, faced ‘The Real Deal’ in two iconic fights in 1996 and 1997, with Holyfield winning both bouts.
The first fight ended with an 11th round stoppage as Tyson lost his WBA world title, but the rematch one year later would go down in boxing folklore after he was disqualified for incredibly biting Holyfield’s ear.
Mike Tyson has welcomed the possibility of taking on Evander Holyfield in a trilogy fight
The pair contested two of the most memorable fights in history between 1996 and 1997
Speaking on an NFL halftime show, as reported by MMA Fighting, Tyson suggested there was unfinished business between the pair and would consider it if there was a clamour from the fans to make it happen.
‘That’s always something that we can do if the people want it, if it’s pragmatic enough, I’d love to do it,’ he said.
Holyfield, who dominated the cruiserweight division before becoming a five-time heavyweight champion of the world has also been mulling over a comeback to the sport after posting photos of his vigorous training regime.
Tyson is preparing for his comeback against Roy Jones Jr in Los Angeles on November 28
This week Holyfield also teased a potential trilogy fight as he posted a picture on Instagram
This week he also teased the showdown with Tyson, uploading Sports Illustrated’s front cover of his 1996 victory and asking his Instagram followers: ‘Who would like to see Holyfield vs Tyson 3? Or who else would you like to see me get in the ring with in an exhibition?’
Tyson was also asked if he would consider a return to professional boxing – not just a charity or exhibition match – against the world’s best fighters. Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury currently hold all the world title belts, and he said the prospect of taking on the elite was ‘mind boggling’.
‘Man, that would be a novelty,’ he added. ‘Me using my skills, matching my skills now against the best heavyweights in the world, that would be mind-boggling.’
Tyson said it would be ‘mind boggling’ to take on the worlds top fighters, such as Anthony Joshua (L) or Tyson Fury (R)
Tyson insists he is not an ‘old guy’ and believes this is a new era for heavyweight boxing
‘Iron Mike’ is one of a handful of veteran fighters who have opted to make a return to boxing, but he doesn’t want to be known as an ‘old guy’ and feels it is a new era for ‘the gods of war’ in heavyweight boxing.
‘Old guys’ – that word don’t even make sense,’ Tyson said. ‘”Old”. It’s just a new time, a new thinking period in our lives. This is what we want to do. Sometimes the gods of war, they revive you and say, “You have to do more”.
‘Now I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t prepare for this. I box people to see if I’m able do this stuff, so I can do this stuff.’