- Mike Tyson says comeback fight against Evander Holyfield "would be awesome for charity"
- Tyson insists he is in good shape and ready to fight
- Holyfield followed suit and announced his own plan to fight for a cause
An ecstatic Mike Tyson says he looks forward to fighting Evander Holyfield for the third time. The speculated trilogy match ensued after the heavyweight greats had announced their return to boxing for charity, and now it appears Iron Mike is just waiting for the papers to seal the historic comeback showdown.
But besides the treat of going face to face with his arch-rival yet again, Tyson is more than thrilled at the chance of reaping a huge payday from the fight, which he said would ultimately help their charitable cause.
“That would be awesome for charity,” Tyson said in an exclusive interview with TMZ Sports on Thursday. "Can you imagine me and him (Holyfield) going in the ring together?"
"I'm in good shape, I feel really good!" the heavyweight legend exclaimed before adding that “Anything is possible” with regards to the comeback bout against the Real Deal.
Early in the month, Tyson stunned his fans by posting a clip of himself in chiseled shape, hitting the mitts with his patented power punches before uttering the words: “I’m back.”
“I’ve been hitting the mitts for the last week. That’s been tough, my body is really jacked up and really sore from hitting the mitts,” Tyson revealed. “I’ve been working out, I’ve been trying to get in the ring, I think I’m going to box some exhibitions and get in shape.”
Not even a week after Tyson’s subtle hint, Holyfield followed suit – also for the same cause - triggering the start of the trilogy rumor.
“I'd like to announce that I will be making a comeback to the ring. I will be fighting in exhibition matches for a great cause,” Holyfield announced.
Holyfield and Tyson first met in November 1996 at the MGM Grand in Paradise, Nevada where the former won via an 11th round TKO to seize the WBA Heavyweight belt.
Less than a year later, both fighters staged a rematch which would eventually go down in history with one of the most bizarre finishes in boxing. Infamously known as the “Bite of ’97,” Holyfield successfully defended his title as Tyson was disqualified for biting off a part of the former’s right ear late in the third round, which would eventually cost Iron Mike’s boxing license as well.
Former boxer Mike Tyson reacts as he speaks to the media, before the weigh-in of International Boxing Federation (IBF) World Championship Bout at the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, on the outskirts of Beijing, China, May 24, 2016. Photo: REUTERS/Jason Lee